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EXCLUSIVE: Will Smith – Blasts Screenwriter Suing for $15 Million over Allegedly Stolen Script

EXCLUSIVE: Will Smith – Blasts Screenwriter Suing for $15 Million over Allegedly Stolen Script

The Dirty can exclusively reveal Will Smith is firing back at the $15 million lawsuit filed by a screenwriter – who accused the actor of stealing his idea and turning it into “Blackish” – with the actor saying the man didn’t read the fine print.

Earlier this year, screenwriter David Marcus sued Will Smith, ABC Studios & producer Kenya Barris for $15 million … accusing them of stealing his idea and turning it into the hit show “Blackish”.

Marcus accused Smith and others of fraud. He explained he entered his script into a contest run by the actor back in 2013. His script, “Across The Tracks” was a humorous look at the lives of an upwardly mobile middle class African American family.

He never heard back from the contest but later realized “Blackish” was stolen from his work … with everything from the characters, thematic points and plot turns allegedly nearly identical to his work. The writer sued seeking $15 million dollars along with an injunction against Blackish from continuing to be aired unless he is listed as the creator on the credits.

Then on March 17th, Will Smith fired back at the unknown writer demanding the $15 million suit be thrown out of court.

Smith denies all allegations of wrongdoing and points out that the man should have looked at the contest rules … the actor never addresses if Marcus’ work was used as a basis for “Blackish” but he says he did nothing wrong. He is demanding the entire lawsuit be thrown out.

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EXCLUSIVE: Will Smith – Sued For $15 Million by Screenwriter Accusing Actor of Fraud And Stealing His Show Idea for “Blackish”

The Dirty has learned Will Smith has been slapped with a $15 million dollar lawsuit accusing him of fraud … with a screenwriter saying he entered his script into a contest run by the actor … only to have his idea stolen and turned into the hit show “Blackish”.

A writer named David Lloyd Marcus sued ABC Studios, producer Kenya Barris, Will Smith and the actor’s company Overbrook Entertainment seeking $15 million dollars accusing them of fraud & demanding an injunction.

He explains back in 2013, Will Smith’s production company ran a script writing contest called “Search for America’s Newest Screenwriter”. Marcus entered his script entitled, “Across The Tracks”, which humorously looked at the lives and experiences of an upwardly mobile middle class African American family.

Marcus never heard back from the company and the contest was won by another writer. However, he points out that the winner’s show was never turned into a pilot or television show.

The screenwriter is accusing Will Smith and his partners of never intending to develop the contest winner’s script but rather to acquire new and fresh ideas from creative young writers such as himself, and develop such ideas without paying any of the contestants.

He reached this conclusion after he learned about an ABC show named “Blackish” back in 2014. The show is produced by Kenya Barris, who is a close business associate and friend of Will Smith.

Once he watched the pilot of Blackish, he was shocked to realize everything from characters, thematic points and plot turns were identical from his script. He points out the show was put into development at ABC less than 6 months after he submitted his script to the contest. The writer is seeking in excess of $15 million dollars along with an injunction against Blackish from continuing to be aired unless he is listed as the creator on the credits.

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