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Studio Denies Adam Sandler Film Plagiarized Paul Hogan Comedy

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Jul 21, 2007 | 4:54am EDT

Movie bosses have dismissed claims Adam Sandler's new film I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry plagiarized a 2004 Paul Hogan comedy.

Hogan and Michael Caton starred in Australian movie Strange Bedfellows as two heterosexual men who pretend to be a gay couple--the same basic plot premise as I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry.

However, officials at Universal Pictures have denied any intentional similarity, arguing the Sandler film was in development years before Strange Bedfellows' release.

In a statement, the studio says, "Universal Pictures has reviewed the contentions of the producers of Strange Bedfellows and has determined that Universal's film I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry does not infringe the copyright in Strange Bedfellows.

"In addition to the fact that the films are substantially different, I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry was in development at Universal several years before Strange Bedfellows was theatrically released in Australia."

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