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Screenwriter Sues Tyler Perry Over 'Temptation'

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by Sergio
April 25, 2013 11:37 PM
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Not again! First it was Good Deeds, now it's Temptation!

And, yes, I know what you're thinking, why would anyone want to claim credit for Temptation in the first place? But let's hear the facts first.

The facts being that, today in an Indiana U.S. District Court, screenwriter William James, who lives in Gary, filed a lawsuit against Tyler Perry claiming that the premise for his film Temptation was stolen from James' 2009 screenplay Lovers Kill.

According to James, the premise of a married couple in which the wife is tempted by another man and the affair destroys the marriage, was lifted from his script, by Perry.

And yes that's a pretty generic plotline that's been done 1000 times before, but that's not stopping James. He claims that he passed the script to an "associate" of Oprah Winfrey in the hopes that it would be passed along to Perry (And being a writer, you would think that James would have come up with something more creative than that).

Not only is James asking for damages, he also wants the opening and closing credits changed to include the words: "Based on the novel 'Lovers Kill' by William James."

Yeah, good luck. Personally I think Sophia Stewart might have a better chance winning her Matrix suit.


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15 Comments

  • youareanidiot | May 11, 2013 12:56 AMReply

    She did settle I know her, know your facts, well then write the right facts, this is how people get sued, just because you have a web site that doesn't mean your always right, if your trying to be a reporter, I hope you have another job, you suck at this one. It must have been pretty good, Tyler Perry stole it didn't he.

  • knowyour facts | April 26, 2013 5:01 PMReply

    Umm, Sophia Stewart won her case on copyright infringement.

  • KNOWYOUREANIDIOT | April 27, 2013 9:36 AM

    the arrogance in stupidity

  • sergio | April 27, 2013 1:11 AM

    HEY MR (OR MS) KNOW IT ALL

    Stewart didn't win a bloody thing. It's NOT TRUE! Like how many times do we have to write about her on the site before you get it though your thick skull? I assume you didn't read my article from last week http://blogs.indiewire.com/shadowandact/why-wont-that-story-about-sophia-stewart-and-her-matrix-lawsuit-die

    And by the way, that last sentence in my piece was supposed to be sarcastic (Since I have to explain it to you)

  • Charles Judson | April 26, 2013 5:40 PM

    No she didn't. Court Documents: www (dot) scribd (d0t) com/doc/24612052/Sophia-Stewart-v-Andy-Wachowski-et-al-C-D-Calif-2005

    Skip to page 41 and read on through to page 48 or so. It starts with "Stewart has admitted that Terminator 1 is neither strikingly nor substantially similar to 'The Third Eye'..."

    Page 46 is where you'll find some interesting bits where her a portion of her claim rests not on the similarities of the synopsis and illustrations of her work and the Matrix films. Nah, she's up in arms because her character descriptions allegedly match the publicity stills of characters like Tank, Morpheus, and Trinity. Note that there's not a counterpart character named for Neo.

    This case was dismissed. She didn't win. Let the myth go. Move on.

  • getthesenets | April 26, 2013 2:38 PMReply

    If this case can't be settled, will it be appealed and be decided by a "Chitlin Circuit" Judge?

    rimshot

  • Anti=believer | April 27, 2013 12:43 PM

    Yeah, Judge Joe Brown

  • 1kid2luv | April 26, 2013 10:48 AMReply

    Not hard to believe, but will wait for the court to judge. It is something that he can put out so much "written, produced and directed by" material in such short amounts of time. I know there is such thing as creative genius but come on!

  • 1kid2luv | April 26, 2013 10:48 AMReply

    @Hassan: LMAO!

  • Katie | April 26, 2013 10:47 AMReply

    "According to James, the premise of a married couple in which the wife is tempted by another man and the affair destroys the marriage" <--- Sounds like a one of a kind story.

    BTW, the movie was based off the play in 2008, James said he wrote it in 2009. So he can sit all the way down with that lawsuit, what a moron. Anyway, the movie still sucked.

  • NO BRAINER | April 26, 2013 9:10 PM

    "So he can sit all the way down with that lawsuit" -- KATIE

    LMAO!

  • D.A. | April 26, 2013 1:53 PM

    Someone beat me to it, dang...........

  • Hassan Fvckry (@DLYDJ) | April 26, 2013 9:18 AMReply

    I'm suing Tyler Perry for neck and back damage after watching "Why Did I Get Married Too?"...

  • ALM | April 26, 2013 12:16 AMReply

    Lord, the comments coming to this post....

  • STHN | April 26, 2013 3:30 PM

    I think it's about time Tyler and Sergio got married. Quentin Tarantino can officiate the marriage. Praise the lorrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrd!

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