Really? Stallone Stole That Generic Plot for The Expendables From Someone?


Sylvester Stallone in The Expendables (2010) Movie ImageLet’s face it, folks, as much as I liked “The Expendables” (and I really did/do like it), the story was generic at best, incredibly by-the-numbers at worst. The selling point for the movie wasn’t anything to do with the script, it was all in front of the camera. The chance to finally see Stallone and his fellow action stars get together to make a movie. Hell, you could have had them knocking off a 7-11 and it would have still done just as well.

But did Stallone and co-writer Dave Callaham, who are credited with the film’s screenplay, actually stole whole chunks of the movie from an unproduced writer name Marcus Webb? Marcus Webb certainly thinks so, and he’s filed a lawsuit against Stallone and the producers of the film to get a piece of the film’s profits.

Now, before you start calling the guy a liar, listen to his complaint:

Webb’s script, which he copyrighted and sent out in 2006, is called “The Cordoba Caper” and “tells the story of a team of elite, highly-trained mercenaries hired to defeat General Garza, a rogue army general of a small Latin American country”. Sound familiar? Garza is also the David Zayas dictator character from “The Expendables”.

But that’s not all. Webb’s story also opens with “a hostage rescue at sea, off a foreign coast, which has nothing to do with the main plot.” Again, sound familiar?

Those are two pretty big, specific plot points from “The Expendables” there, and I think Webb might have an case against Stallone and company. Hollywood movies are notorious for hiring dozens of writers to tweak scripts, the results of which usually means an idea from one writer’s draft gets into the script even if the rest of that writer’s ideas are tossed away.

“The Expendables 2″, meanwhile, is scheduled for 2012. Unless, of course, Webb gets his case taken seriously and a judge halts the sequel’s release until matters are settled.

The Expendables (2010) Movie Poster

Via : Reuters

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  • Shazam!

    Fair enough… but what took the dude so long to file the lawsuit?

  • Thecrow77

    Agreed. If the movie had bombed, I don’t think Webb would have bothered with a lawsuit.

    • Nix

      Even if the movie bombed, and they really did steal his script, he would still be owed, at the very least, the price of a screenplay. So saying he wouldn’t have sued if the movie wasn’t a hit is not entirely true.