Joe Jonas' new video look is sultry, sexy and more mature—but is that look all his?
The singer's new music video for "Just in Love" features him cavorting around Paris and other locales with a gorgeous French model in ways that, according to the filmmakers and several online commentators, look nearly identical to those in the indie film For Lovers Only.
So did the middle JoBro, whose solo album came out Sept.6, get his video concept from the film?
Jonas' camp says that the inspiration comes from French New Wave cinema of the 1960s, and that Jonas and the producers never even heard of the 2010 movie in question.
Kim Dellara, an executive producter at HSI Productions, which made the video, says it is consistent with the work of the director, Jaci Judelson, who has lived in Paris for 20 years. Dellara posted a statement about the controversy on the company's Facebook page.
"We've received considerable interest in the music video for Joe Jonas' single, 'Just in Love' and it is apparently being compared to a film called For Lovers Only," the statement reads. "Until yesterday we had never heard of the independent film, but judging from the trailer online it is clear both the video and the film are set in Paris and shared inspiration from French 60's New Wave cinema. Each of the films includes situations that are universal in love stories of this genre."
She continues: "We take exception to the notion that the video in any way infringed upon the content of the film in question. Jaci Judelson is known for a unique and large body of work that pre-dates this film by several years and this video is consistent with the style and content of her previous work. The concept for "Just in Love" was inspired and driven by the lyrics of the song and by its director having lived in Paris for nearly 20 years."
But the writer and star of the film, Mark Polish, isn't buying the explanation from Team Jonas. He tells TheWrap.com that he thinks it's plagiarism.
"If they had said our film was their inspiration, we would have been flattered," he says. "But nowhere in any of their materials do they say that we were an influence on them, which is upsetting to us as artists. And it makes this feel like plagiarism."
Polish also tells E! News that the similaries he sees are better seen when you watch the entire film and not strictly the trailer.
Jonas had previously talked to us about the "passionate and romantic" video.
"We found a beautiful girl lead," he said. "I feel it's a video that might shock people a little bit."
Sounds like it might have done just that.
So do you think Jonas' video is similar to the film? Both Jonas' video and the film's trailer can be seen below.