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Sylvester Stallone hit with lawsuit claiming he stole idea for 'Expendables'

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A writer is accusing Sylvester Stallone of stealing his screenplay and turning it into The Expendables. According to Reuters, Marcus Webb filed a lawsuit in Manhattan federal court claiming that The Expendables is “in some places identical” to his 2006 short story and screenplay, titled The Cordoba Caper. In the lawsuit, Webb says his screenplay 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.” The villain in Stallone’s film was also named General Garza, and Webb claims there were also several more unusual similarities between his script and Stallone’s film. Stallone’s rep did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

It’s not the first such lawsuit for Stallone. In 2003, retired boxer Chuck Wepner, who Stallone had often cited as the inspiration for the original Rocky movie, sued the filmmaker for failing to compensate the boxer, nicknamed the Bayonne Bleeder, for his life story. That case was settled out of court by a structured settlement buyer in 2006.

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Originally posted October 26 2011 — 9:19 AM EDT

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