Late last year, as Sylvester Stallone was busily working on the highly-anticipated sequel to “The Expendables,” he was sued by a man claiming he had ripped him off in writing the story for the original. The claim has been dismissed by a judge.
Marcus Webb said in legal documents that he saw very startling similarities between his own story, “The Cordoba Caper,” and the script Stallone claimed to have written himself for “The Expendables.”
Webb sued for undisclosed damages
, but a judge just ruled that none of the claims he made in court actually held any water, as The Hollywood Reporter
“A judge has ruled his claims to be expandable, tossing the lawsuit on summary judgment on Monday,” the movie-oriented publication writes.
According to documents, Webb claimed that Stallone and co-writer David Callaham most certainly had heard of his idea and / or entire story, since he'd been shopping it around Hollywood “for several years late last decade.”
“In a motion to dismiss, Stallone's lawyers pointed out that Webb wrote his script after Callaham had already written three drafts of the screenplay and that Webb had no information that Stallone or Callaham had ever seen Cordoba,” THR says.
“The judge was also urged to grant a motion to dismiss because the alleged similarities were merely ideas and that the overall concept and feel of the two works was vastly different. The Expendables is classic action, wrote Tom Ferber and James Janowitz at Pryor Cashman, while Webb's script was a complex caper,” the same media outlet informs.
The motion to dismiss was granted “in all respects,” THR says.
It couldn't have come at a better time: Stallone must be getting ready to promote “Expendables 2” as we speak, since it's scheduled for theatrical release in the US on August 17th.
He did not write the script for this one and neither did he direct it.
However, he reprises his role from the original film and returns to the screen with his team of mercenaries (which includes even more action stars
than before) to bring justice where no other man can.