Original Australian Daybill movie poster.I Escaped from Devil's Island is a 1973 exploitation film about an escape attempt from Devil's Island. Roger Corman and Gene Corman produced this grim adventure saga which bears more than a passing resemblance to Papillon. The storyline went as follows: Prison life on Devil's Island is no picnic so fellow prisoners Le Bras (Jim Brown) and Davert (Christopher George) go AWOL. Along their escape route, they encounter submissive native women and a colony of lepers. Martin Scorcese said Roger Corman offered him the chance to direct the film following Boxcar Bertha with the view of filming very quickly before Papillon starring Steve McQueen was released. However Scorcese decided to make Mean Streets instead. The producers of Papillon (1973) sued for copyright infringement but were unsuccessful.