A Canadian author claims that the film Knocked Up was pilfered from her book, Knocked Up — Confessions of a Hip Mother-to-be. In a lawsuit filed in January in Los Angeles, the novel’s author Roberta Eckler claims that writer-director Judd Apalow’s screenplay has ideas and plot elements that are very similar to her book.
Eckler wrote an article in the June issue of Maclean’s detailing her legal plight. She said she had movie offers from Canadian companies after her book was released in March 2005, but she rejected them, hoping to get a larger offer from an American company.
Eckler said that the cover of Apatow’s screenplay had an image on it that was almost identical to the cover of her novel. Plotwise, both the film and novel tell the story of a successful journalist who becomes pregnant at a party. In her article, Eckler said that the copyright infringement has been very hard to prove.
Apatow told the Associated Press that book and film are very different. The movie earned over $30 million since its release.