A sci-fi bombshell that survived a plagiarism lawsuit returns to orbit while streaming

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As if a smashing box office and lukewarm reviews weren’t bad enough, the forgotten 2001 sci-fi mystery K-PAX saw an insult added to the injury when it was subsequently hit by a plagiarism lawsuit.

The Cosmic Caprice finds Kevin Spacey’s unknown patient arriving at a mental institution, where he claims to be from the title’s distant planet. Jeff Bridges’ psychiatrist is skeptical for obvious reasons, but as the two begin to bond, he can’t help but notice that the intergalactic invader is having inexplicable effects on the well-being of other patients.

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Inconspicuous except for one mistake, K-PAX could only scrape together a Rotten Tomatoes score of 42 percent to go along with $65 million in ticket sales, not even enough to recoup the $68 million in production costs. Just when the studio thought things couldn’t get any worse, Argentinian filmmaker Eliseo Subiela took legal action.

The director offered it K-PAX was a blatant rip-off of his 1986 feature film Man facing southeast, but the complaint was eventually withdrawn when Subiela ran out of both time and money. Despite this, he insisted he had a case until his death 15 years later.

Regardless of where the truth lies, one thing that’s undeniable is the unexpected surge in streaming of the saccharine film. According to FlixPatrol, K-PAX has re-circled the most watched charts on iTunes, which is even more remarkable considering people are still willing to revisit Spacey’s back catalog given how the actor’s career has been self-destructing of late.

https://wegotthiscovered.com/movies/a-sci-fi-flop-that-got-hit-with-a-lawsuit-after-tanking-at-the-box-office-re-orbits-the-streaming-charts/ A sci-fi bombshell that survived a plagiarism lawsuit returns to orbit while streaming

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