A Mexican filmmaker has accused Mel Gibson of lifting scenes for his new movie Apocalypto from a small, unknown film made in 1989.
Director Juan Catlett claims that Gibson directly copied pivotal scenes from his movie Return to Aztlan, reports contactmusic.com.
Gibson's movie is set in the times of the Mayan civilisation when an obscure Mayan language was spoken.
Catlett added that Gibson's production manager was given a copy of his movie, which was about the fall of the Mayan empire.
He said: "There are images very similar to those in my film. It seems my movie served as a consultancy and a reference - and they only paid me 100 pesos."