M. Night Shyamalan’s super-creepy Apple+ series Servant is getting sued. The Wrap reports that Francesca Gregorini claims Shyamalan and Apple stole its premise from her 2013 film The Truth About Emanuel and rewrote it through a male gaze.
Gregorini’s 2013 film also follows a grieving mother who bonds with a doll after the death of her infant child and features a nanny who is hired to take care of that doll and begins to form her own emotional attachment to it.
The lawsuit says the similarities range “from shared grand themes and character arcs to identical granular details” and also highlights how the plot is “sometimes seen through the eyes of two men – who watch and comment on the women’s ‘insanity’ while pounding tequila shots and pondering whether the nanny is ‘fuckable.'”
The lawsuit argues: “Gender injustice in Hollywood is not a formal part of Ms. Gregorini’s claim, which stands on its own under the basic principles of copyright law. But it is certainly part of the broader picture of Defendants’ misappropriation of ‘Emanuel.’ While Hollywood’s patriarchal system sometimes manifests in explicit and raw ways, it can also operate more subtly, as it has here. But the injury to women deserving of equality is no less grievous.”