There hangs a dark cloud over ‘The Shape of Water’, towering favorite in the upcoming Oscars. Accusations of plagiarism in the last weeks several times been raised, but according to filmsite ScreenRant is the son of Pulitzerprijswinnaar Paul Zindel is now also effectively a lawsuit started against director Guillermo del Toro. The script of the film would be too many similarities with the piece ‘Let Me Hear You Whisper by Paul Zindel.
In ‘Let Me Hear You Whisper that the story revolves around a maid who a dolphin tries to save a research centre. The dolphin talks to her. The similarities with the scenario of ‘The Shape of Water’, in which a stupid maid falls in love with a fishy essence, are striking. In the Oscarfavoriet Guillermo del Toro is the essentially the last of its kind and is the by the American government studied to possibly be used in military or aerospace applications. The main character wants the amphibious essentially help to escape from the secret laboratory.
ScreenRant received an e-mail from the son of Zindel, in which a number of charges included. So is producer Daniel Kraus, who worked on ‘The Shape of Water’, has repeatedly stated: he would have great admiration for the work of Zindel. It would also Kraus on the idea for the film came in the same year in which a tv-adaptation of ” Let Me Hear You Whisper on the small screen appeared. Kraus would del Toro also warm made for the making of the film.
In addition, Zindel also del Toro’s passion for the drawings of illustrator Stephen Gammell. Gammell worked in 1974 to the drawings for a book version of ‘Let Me Hear You Whisper. According to Zindel is the little credibility that del Toro is not the existence of ‘Let Me Hear You Whisper about.
Film studio Fox Searchlight denies all allegations and explains that del Toro the piece in question “never read or seen”.