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G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra screenwriters sue Paramount over compensation for Retaliation

May. 7, 2013by:
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Just when Paramount was riding high over the success with their delayed G.I. JOE: RETALIATION comes a new lawsuit that may throw a speed bump in their desire to make a third movie. The screenwriters for THE RISE OF COBRA are suing the studio claiming that Paramount, MGM, Hasbro and producer Lorenzo Di Bonaventura stole their ideas and work for the second film in the series.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, writers David Elliot and Paul Lovett had a contract with Paramount to write the sequel if they were the sole writers on THE RISE OF COBRA, which was cowritten with Stuart Beattie. Despite that, they were asked to begin working on plots and characters for a sequel shortly after the release of THE RISE OF COBRA before being told Paul Wernick and Rhett Reese would be taking over duties on G.I. JOE: RETALIATION, leaving Elliot and Lovett out of work after having provided the studio with an "exhaustive array of documents, verbal presentations, original conceptual art, photo collages, video clips, mock movie posters with suggested subtitles, marketing images and mock marketing trailers."

Now that G.I. JOE: RETALIATION has grossed over $100 million domestically, the lawsuit is underway. Here is part of their contention about the film:

"Even the most cursory review of the Joe Retaliation Movie and the Plaintiffs' Work reveals that they are substantially similar in every material way," says the complaint. "While Plaintiffs make no claims to the elements of the Joe Retailiation Movie that are subject to Hasbro's pre-existing copyrights in the G.I. Joe characters, Plaintiffs take great issue with those elements of the Joe Retailiation Movie that are the expression of Plaintiffs' personal creativity and Plaintiffs' unique creation of Plaintiffs' Proposed Sequel that were not part of the Joe Cobra Movie and that were not scenes a faire of the genre."

The ousted writers are seeking over $20 million which is a sixth of RETALIATION's overall domestic haul. With Paramount refusing to comment, it begs the question if there is any merit to the suit. Will it delay a third film? Probably not, but it also begs the question: someone wants credit for writing G.I. JOE: RETALIATION?

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3:30PM on 05/07/2013

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20 Million? Yes i would want my credit !
20 Million? Yes i would want my credit !
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3:31PM on 05/07/2013
AHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAH AHA HAHAH AHAHHAHAHAH AHA AHA AHAHAHHAHAAHHAAHAHAHA
This just in, both movies blew.
AHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAH AHA HAHAH AHAHHAHAHAH AHA AHA AHAHAHHAHAAHHAAHAHAHA
This just in, both movies blew.
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9:22PM on 05/07/2013
Not sure why you are getting thumbs down, they did blow
Not sure why you are getting thumbs down, they did blow
6:46PM on 05/07/2013
After the way Paramount treated (as in robed) the writers of FOREST GUMP and COMING TO AMERICA, I hope they'll lose more than $20M !
After the way Paramount treated (as in robed) the writers of FOREST GUMP and COMING TO AMERICA, I hope they'll lose more than $20M !
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9:29PM on 05/07/2013
Come now, GI JOE Retaliation really wasn't that bad. I hope these writers get their compensation,
Come now, GI JOE Retaliation really wasn't that bad. I hope these writers get their compensation,
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2:18AM on 05/08/2013

It's frivolous

Let's take a look at their notes: "In the sequel, Cobra will be back and the Joes will have to fight them." Gasp. That's exactly what happened in the actual movie!
Let's take a look at their notes: "In the sequel, Cobra will be back and the Joes will have to fight them." Gasp. That's exactly what happened in the actual movie!
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