Shia LaBeouf`s `Disturbia` hit with second lawsuit

Last Updated: Nov 03, 2010, 09:11 AM IST

Los Angeles: It looks like Hollywood heartthrob Shia Labeouf`s film `Disturbia` may not see the light of day as it has been hit by a second lawsuit.

The makers of the thriller are now facing a lawsuit over claims the movie is based on Cornell Woolrich`s classic story `Rear Window`, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

A Los Angeles judge recently dismissed a suit which alleged movie bosses stole part of the film`s plot from the short story, which was turned into an Oscar-nominated film by Alfred Hitchcock in 1954.

And now, just weeks after the copyright infringement suit was wrapped up, the executors of The Sheldon Abend Revocable Trust have filed a new lawsuit in a bid to revive the legal battle.

The trust filed the breach-of-contract claim in Los Angeles Superior Court on October 28, alleging studio heads violated a settlement agreement originally put in place to protect Woolrich`s story.

Famed literary agent Sheldon Abend took on the estate of movie giant Hitchcock and his film`s star, James Stewart, in the 1980s after `Rear Window` was shown on television.

Both `Rear Window` and `Disturbia` tell the story of a man who thinks he has witnessed a murder after spying on his neighbours.

PTI