Screenwriter Says Stallone Stole 'Expendables' Script

Oct 26, 2011 - LegalZoom News Sources
Sylvester Stallone faces a copyright lawsuit related to the script of the movie "The Expendables."

Screenwriter Marcus Webb recently filed a copyright infringement lawsuit against Sylvester Stallone, alleging the 2011 Stallone vehicle "The Expendables" was based on a short story and screenplay Webb registered with the U.S. Copyright Office in 2006.

According to Webb's suit, both his script, "The Cordoba Caper," and "The Expendables" are about a mercenary group attempting to bring down an evil Latin American dictator named General Garza, Reuters reported. In addition, the lawsuit says both stories begin with an action sequence involving a hostage rescue mission that is not related to the main plot.

Stallone's "Expendables" co-writer, David Callaham, is also named a defendant in the lawsuit, as are Millennium Films, the Millennium Nu Image film unit and Lions Gate Entertainment.

Webb contends that either Stallone or Callaham easily could have obtained a copy of "The Cordoba Caper," which Webb was actively shopping to studios between 2006 and 2009, reported Reuters. He seeks monetary damages and is asking the court to block release of "The Expendables 2," scheduled to hit theaters in August 2012.

Webb's lawsuit was filed shortly after a writer named Michael Alan Rubin sued Warner Bros., alleging the plot of "The Hangover 2" was lifted from a script Rubin wrote that was based on his real-life experiences.