Humans are no match for Terminators, but that doesn’t mean that lawyers aren’t! New lawsuits filed by the visual-effects company Rearden accuse Paramount’s “Terminator Genisys” of using stolen technology to create the young 1984 computer generated Arnold Schwarzenegger. You remember the scene… a time travelling standoff in Griffith Park between actor Arnold Schwarzenegger and a digitized version of his younger self.
Well, in complaints filed against Paramount Pictures in federal court today, Rearden claims that 2015’s “Terminator Genisys” used a technology called MOVA Contour Reality Capture, which was allegedly invented by and stolen from Rearden. This MOVA technology was what was used to re-create Arnold Schwarzenegger’s face and expressions in the 1984 version of himself.
The complaint in part reportedly reads:
“Mr. Schwarzenegger’s face and expressions at age 37 are so famously known and recognizable, there was no margin for error: the CG face had to look and move exactly as it did at age 37. Paramount turned to an innovative, soon-to-be Oscar-winning, Visual Effects (“VFX”) technology called MOVA Contour Reality Capture, which carried every human subtlety of age-67 Mr. Schwarzenegger’s facial performance through to the face of the age-37 CG character. The result was a CG face widely acclaimed to look and move exactly like Mr. Schwarzenegger’s face at age 37.”
The suit indicates that despite Paramount contracting Rearden’s MOVA technology years before to make films like “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” and “Transformers: Dark of the Moon”, when they were making “Terminator Genisys”, Paramount chose to employ another company instead that allegedly stole the technology from Rearden.
So are these allegations true and how will this lawsuit impact Paramount and future home video releases of “Terminator Genisys”? We don’t know, but it will be up to the courts to decide.
We’ll be back.