Here’s the thing about Hollywood. An original idea is never simply that for very long. Sure, you might have independently come up with a cracking story about a compelling figure that’s never been told before. And you might have gotten people interested in pushing the project forward. But as soon as you get any momentum behind the idea, along comes some other lunatic with roughly the same idea as yours, only ever-so-slightly tweaked to avoid litigation. It’s just how things work in the wild western shores of California. If an idea looks like it’s going to potentially going to work, expect a bunch of imitators to try and hitch a ride in your slipstream.