Paramount Pictures, MGM, Hasbro and Di Bonaventura Pictures are facing a copyright infringement lawsuit over their film "G.I. Joe: Retaliation". Filing the suit on May 3, two of "G.I. Joe: Rise of Cobra" writers David Elliot and Paul Lovett are demanding $23 million in damages, claiming that their ideas were "stolen" and used without their names being credited at all in the second film.
After "Rise of Cobra" opened in theaters, the two were asked to collect some ideas of a plotline and character descriptions for the next installment. However, they soon learned that they were not offered the writing gig. "On or around December 3, 2009, Defendants notified Plaintiffs that Defendants had decided to engage a different writing team to write the screenplay for the Sequel," their complaint chronicles.
As "Retaliation" finally came out, the established scribes thought that the film was "substantially similar [to their ideas] in every material way." "These original inventions, which make Plaintiffs' Proposed Sequel a compelling piece of story-telling, have been stolen by the PDH Defendants in the hopes of infusing the 'Joe: Retaliation' Movie with the blockbuster power of Plaintiffs' Work," the complaint continues.
Regardless of whose ideas were used in the script, "Retaliation" was indeed a blockbuster film which massively outdid its predecessor in terms of income. Released on March 28, the action flick took in $51.7 million domestically in four-day take and ranked as the second-best Easter opening, behind "Clash of the Titans".
Directed by Jon M. Chu, the Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson-starring film credited Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick as the screenwriters.