I think that's sensible but Mara is also correct, it's often better to stick to your guns if your story is "different enough".I suppose, but it is kind of discouraging to write something that's been done SO SIMILARLY before ... That said, I think the movie is more of a flat out rip off of the short story ... If it isn't, well that really is an amazing coincidence
The real lesson here (for me, at least) is to thoroughly research "original" ideas before putting pen to paper.
LOL. Oh yeah, that's right, it was you who told me about it. Hahahaha.JKDS, I do remember pointing out some similarities with one of your scripts to the movie adaptation of Stephen Kings', The Dead Zone. I also recall you were upset at the time that you even wanted to rewrite a key scene you were fond of, because it was identical to one in the old movie...I think it was the part where the protagonist has a conversation about whether he would have killed Hitler if he knew IN ADVANCE the monster he would become ... So I now know how you feel..
On a side note, I have been researching the Readers Digest story and, although it is a stretch, it is written as though it was a true story that happened to the author. That would be something!