G.I. Joe: Retaliation script spawns lawsuit

I’ll be honest, I read this story pretty early this morning, but just kind of discarded it, as it seemed a bit heavy-handed and not as serious as it was being made out to be, but I’ve seen a lot of folks talking about it, and I’ve been approached by a number of people, so I figure I should probably talk about it a bit.

News has hit today that screen writers David Elliot and Paul Lovett are suing Paramount over elements of their story being “stolen” and utilized in the sequel film G.I. Joe: Retaliation.  They had a hand in G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra, and laid claim that a treatment they wrote for the sequel had pieces taken from it for G.I. Joe: Retaliation without credit or money given for their services.

First word from this that I saw was from Deadline.com early this morning, and I still think the whole thing is a little ridiculous.  Reading the entire complaint, these guys are claiming that their ideas for Snake Eyes and Storm Shadow being told that Zartan killed the Hard Master was stolen for the G.I. Joe sequel (perhaps they can re-route some of their $23 million dollar claim towards Larry Hama for creating that story nearly 30 years ago…).  It’s somewhat of a touchy subject and in our legal society today, practically anyone can launch a lawsuit at anyone else, so there has to be some scrutiny.  In my mind, this one doesn’t pass the smell test, and I don’t anticipate it will amount to much.

Check out Deadline for the full story and you can read the full complaint right here.