Accusing Revolution Studios and Sony Pictures Entertainment of copyright infringement and unfair competition, Marvel Enterprises and 20th Century Fox have filed suit against Sony and Revolution, claim

LOS ANGELES (The Hollywood Reporter) -- Accusing Revolution Studios and Sony Pictures Entertainment of copyright infringement and unfair competition, Marvel Enterprises and 20th Century Fox have filed suit against Sony and Revolution, claiming that the upcoming Sony/Revolution sci-fi comedy "Zoom" uses key elements from the "X-Men" franchise.

The lawsuit, seeking injunctive relief and monetary damages, was filed June 20 in U.S. District Court, Central District of California. It alleges that "Zoom," which stars Tim Allen and Chevy Chase and is based on Jason Lethcoe's graphic novel "Zoom's Academy for the Super Gifted," borrows heavily from the X-Men mythology, popularized in the Marvel comic books and the two Fox/Marvel film adaptations.

The suit further contends that after Fox announced plans to release "X3" on May 26, 2006, Sony moved the release of "Zoom," originally planned for August 2006 release, to May 12, 2006, "in an unfair attempt by Sony and Revolution to manipulate the market and trade off the time, energy, resources and effort Marvel and Fox have invested in 'X-Men.' "

Revolution execs could not be reached for comment. A spokeswoman for Sony said, "We haven't seen anything yet, so there is no way we can comment."

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