The Sixth Sense director M. Night Shyamalan has been accused of plagiarism in a new lawsuit, it’s been reported.
The director’s recent TV series Servant, a horror show created for Apple TV+, is the subject of a new lawsuit by Italian-American director Francesca Gregorini. Gregorini believes that Servant copied her 2013 thriller The Truth About Emanuel, as Deadline reports.
“Having a very personal labour of love stolen, which is what this case is about, is soul-crushing,” Gregorini said of the situation in a press release.
According to Deadline, Gregorini’s lawyer David Erikson called the similarities between the two pieces “so pervasive and so grounded in my client’s highly creative and uniquely personal artistic choices, that the idea they might have resulted from coincidence is preposterous.”
Servant and The Truth About Emanuel both revolve around a grieving mother who has just lost her baby and ends up believing that a realistic baby doll is alive, and she begins to form a bond with the doll.
Both works then see the mother recruiting a teenage nanny to help her care for the doll, believing it was alive.