Sony Sends Cease and Desist Letter to Skyline Producers

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Ah, here we go, David vs. Goliath all over again. Recently, we posted the teaser trailer for a film called Skyline, which, in a nutshell is a new alien invasion movie. Well, Sony has an alien invasion movie of their own in the works called Battle: Los Angeles, and they've sent a cease and desist letter to the producers of Skyline.

So what's the beef? Well, hilariously enough the producers of Skyline, Colin and Greg Strause, own and run the visual effects company Hydraulx, which is also handling the effects work on Battle: Los Angeles. According to The Wrap, Sony is accusing the Strause Bros. of "ripping off equipment and ideas for their lower budget production."

"We utterly deny" using' Battle LA' equipment on Skyline," said Greg Strause. "That’s highly offensive. It’s completely untrue. We’ve been in the alien invasion business for many years before Battle LA. The first movie I directed was an alien invasion, called 'Alien Vs Predator: Requiem.' That’s one of the reasons they came to us, we do computer generated aliens well."

While I doubt mentioning AVPR is going to win them any fans, speculation is that Sony is merely trying to delay the release of Skyline, which bears a striking similarity to Battle: Los Angeles, but for less than a quarter of the price tag. Sony's epic reportedly cost $100 million while the Strause Bros. turned theirs in for only $20 million. It's amazing what you can do when you own your own VFX company. Battle is set to hit in March 2011, whereas Skyline will get a head start in November of this year.

The Strause Bros. claim that Battle producer Neal Moritz was told about their movie last fall, a claim Moritz rejects. What's more, Sony was apparently shown footage from Skyline and offered the opportunity to distribute it earlier this year. The studio turned the film down, only to pay closer attention after the film's trailer was a huge hit at this year's Comic-Con, which caused them to worry that Skyline is an imitation of their product.

We think Sony's just pissed that it got beaten to the punch by a lower-budget production, and one that looks like it will be profitable. Sure, Skyline doesn't have Aaron Eckhart, Bridget Moynahan or Michelle Rodriguez, but it's got some good buzz. Depending on how it performs at the box office, it could spell success or trouble for Sony's film.

Check out the Skyline teaser below to see what they're sweating about!

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