Sylvester Stallone sued over The Expendables

Writer claims film is “strikingly similar” to his 2006 screenplay

 
Screenwriter Marcus Webb has this week filed legal action against Sylvester Stallone in Manhattan Federal Court.
 
He is suing the Hollywood hardman for breach of copyright, stating that 2010 film The Expendables is “in some places identical” to his work The Cordoba Caper, which he tried to sell in Hollywood between 2006 and 2009.
 
If successful, Webb would be entitled to significant damages.
 
The lawsuit also asks for a court order prohibiting further infringement, which could affect the release of The Expendables 2, currently on schedule for an August 2012 release.
 
TheExpendables 2 will once again feature an all-star cast of action heroes, with the likes of Chuck Norris and Jean-Claude Van Damme recruited for the sequel.
 
Representatives of Stallone have as of yet been unavailable for comment. 

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    • ilikescifi

      Oct 26th 2011, 12:34

      yay total film! promote the sequel, ignore the issue of creative infringements. iv'e heard hollywood has a long history of turning down scripts after reading them, only to plag the balls out of them. didn't some guy sue cameron because he wrote a screenplay about robots from the future travelling back in time....?

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    • writerdave87

      Oct 26th 2011, 12:57

      Man, if I wrote the crock of s**t that was the Expendables story I'd stay very, very quiet.

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    • stonedjohn

      Oct 26th 2011, 13:20

      Man's got balls to go up against Stallone and his cast!

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    • FBLMartin1

      Oct 26th 2011, 14:20

      The facts are that its like any other movie of this type, Seven samurai, wild bunch, Wild geese, uncommon valour, etc etc, you can only tell the story in so many different ways, so bits of each story telling are going to be exactly the same or similar, so if the case was won, the amount of suing that could go on, in the aftermath is ridiculous....

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    • MikeyRix

      Oct 26th 2011, 15:20

      Oh right, because the story to "The Expendables" was envelope-pushing, daring, different and completely original (!)

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    • ilikescifi

      Oct 27th 2011, 15:20

      writerdave87 that is funny

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    • Moviebadger13

      Oct 28th 2011, 0:31

      I agree with FBLMartin1. The story's been rehashed so many times it'd be impossible to not have some coincidentally close ties. But by the same token, if there was some infringement, Webb's got the right to get his. Either way, I really liked the movie's cast. We don't get to see Jet Li as often as I'd like to in American cinemas. I just saw a great pic called Films of Fury that showcased a lot of his early stuff that I never even heard of. Good mashup of Jackie Chan's and Bruce Lee's stuff too http://bitly.com/uBGPir

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    • Moviebadger13

      Oct 28th 2011, 0:42

      I saw most of these in my Chinese and Japanese film classes last semester. Just saw a great pic called Films of Fury that has a great mashup of most of the flicks on this list. One-Armed Swordsman tops any of these even if it wasn't at number 1. http://bitly.com/uBGPir

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    • wolfwar02

      Oct 28th 2011, 1:02

      sylvester probably didn't go through state permission first, thats probably why he got his neck chewed out.

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