Two of the writers behind the 2009 flick G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra are seeking $23 million in a massive lawsuit claiming the studio stole their pitch for the G.I. Joe: Retaliation sequel that lit up the box office earlier this year.
The sequel made nearly $120 million at the U.S. box office, and writers David Elliot and Paul Lovett claim that massive chunks of the storyline were lifted from their proposal, which the studio allegedly passed on. The writers claim the final sequel is “substantially similar in every material way" to their proposal.
After the first film opened, the writers made a detailed pitch in an effort to get hired on for the sequel, "presenting not just suggestions for possible storylines and character arcs but a comprehensive vision to completely reimagine the G.I. Joe franchise from the live-action films to the toy line."
The highly detailed suit goes on to question "nearly every aspect of the Joe Retailiation Movie, from the beginning to the end," including the decision to take the franchise "back to a simpler time, where the focus is less about high-tech wizardry and gadgetry and more about nostalgic, grounded characters."
The Hollywood Reporter broke the news of the suit, and Paramount apparently declined to comment.
(Via The Hollywood Reporter)