i dont think this is the usual case of a film being ripped off by hollywood.
this is a film on the fringe of hollywood. yes it has some big stars, but spacey has been known for his theatre work and smaller film productions.
dont forget, the first book came out in 1995 and the author claimed to not have heard about this film until 5 years after that. if he is telling the truth then it just shows that nothing is an original idea.
k-pax is based on the book, not this film. ive not seen it but id be willing to say that although the set-up may be similar its similarities end there. many films share the same set-ups, but its the content and the sub-texts that make then individual. isnt there the belief that there are only really a few original stories? like 5 or 6? i cant remember which but it shows that you shouldnt judge a film before youve seen it.
kinematico, dont compare the films, enjoy them as separate. i love k-pax but im interested in seeing man facing southeast, not as a comparison, but as a seperate film. i also have the 3 k-pax books and am looking forward to reading them when i get the chance.