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Writer Claims "Hannah" Is His Baby!

1/28/2009 9:40 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Hannah MontanaA dude claims he's the inspiration and more for "Hannah Montana" and wants Disney to give him due credit -- as in a lot of money.

Richard Fronduto filed a lawsuit today in L.A. County Superior Court, claiming he wrote a script in 1990 called "The Secret Life of Sindi" which eventually became "The Family Business."

Fronduto claims his agent pitched his work to Disney and that Disney liked it so much they asked him to turn his script into a two-hour pilot. In short, he claims he's the brainchild for what became "Hannah Montana."

Fronduto claims numerous similarities between his script and "Montana." Both feature a 13-to-14-year-old middle class American girl who leads a double life as an ordinary teen and successful pop star. Both feature a single parent who acts as her alter ego's manager. And both have a best friend "with whom she shares her secrets." Doesn't that sound like half the Disney shows? We're just sayin' ...

Fronduto is suing for damages as well as a "Created by" credit on all future publications and broadcasts of "Hannah Montana."

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Lone Gunman    

Yes, Disney always wins. If they don't win, they have a lot of swampland to bury the bodies.

2057 days ago
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SkittlzAnKomboz    

Didn't someone already try this a year or two ago? They were completely destroyed, by the way, by Disney's legal team. The lesson: never go up against the Disney Juggernaut unless you're 100% sure you're going to win.

2057 days ago
18.

Rex    

That's not something that I'd admit to...

2057 days ago
19.

chincho    

NICE!!!
I really hope he wins. I HATE DISNEY.

2056 days ago
20.

Callahan    

This has been going on for a while. And part of Disney's defense is that Hannah Montana isn't all that original. They even approached the story editor or the Jem cartoon about testifying that Hannah Montana is very much like the Jem cartoon.

2056 days ago
21.

RONNIE    

Who the hell would take credit for this CRAP SHOW?

2056 days ago
22.

S    

oh whatever -.-
shows almost over anyway

2055 days ago
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