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Writers Sue - New Aniston Flick Must be Stopped!

9/15/2009 5:46 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Two screenwriters claim the script for Jennifer Aniston's new movie was straight up stolen from them by NBC Universal -- and now they want to stop the movie from being released ... or they want more than $100,000,000.

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Greg Crowder and Tony Freitas just filed a lawsuit against NBC Universal, claiming they gave a script titled "The Truth" to Scott Bernstein in 2006 -- when Scott was VP of Production for Universal Pictures.

In the federal lawsuit filed by the screenwriters' lawyer, Ed McPherson, Crowder claims he had multiple meetings with Bernstein about the script -- but Bernstein told Crowder it needed a rewrite before Universal would buy it. Crowder said he'd rewrite it but only if Universal paid. Bernstein wouldn't pay so the deal fell apart.

Fast forward to 2009 ... Crowder says he submitted the script to another film company, who told him they were "concerned that [he] might have stolen" the script from the upcoming Jennifer Aniston/Aaron Eckhart project called "Love Happens." The suit says it was the other way around.

Crowder and Freitas are asking a judge to block NBC Universal from releasing the film on September 18. If it gets released they want the profits ... which they estimate at more than $100,000,000.

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16.

Just sayin'    

She is not a versatile actress. Her acting is the same as it was on Friends. Every time I watch one of her movies (which isn't often) I am waiting for her to say "I love Ross and I want him back"
Please just retire already.

1843 days ago
17.

the truth hurts huh    

Hahahahaha ...... Look at the consensus in these comments! Seriously - why is she getting paid so much money to make movies??? She ain't no good! Not once - not - twice - and certainly not the 10th time as a whiny, uninteresting, zero-dimensional woman!

1843 days ago
18.

Carl    

Right, $100 mil in profits. To even turn a profit the movie will probably have to do a minimum of 50-75 million. So the writer thinks his script was so good it was going to be a nearly $200 million dollar film? Yeah, that's why it is a September release.

1843 days ago
19.

the truth hurts huh    

The producers, director, casting directors .... whoever the hell cast her in this movie should be sued! How dare they - and she - taint Aaron's wonderful acting and career!

1843 days ago
20.

Phishsteak    

GOOD...THEN I WILL BE SPARED HER WHINY VOICE

1843 days ago
21.

non story tmz    

aniston can't act and has been been playing the same character for
years. i wouldn't mind if this movie was stopped or tanked at the box
office. either way movie-goers would be spared another horrible
romantic movie starring jen.

1843 days ago
22.

the truth hurts huh    

YEA TEAM ANYBODY-BUT-ANISTON!

1843 days ago
23.

Brandon    

Well judging by the title and picture I can say that it's probably the most unoriginal movie ever and this is probably just a case of two people both creating the same boring crap.

1843 days ago
24.

Whitney    

That sucks, hopefully we still get to see the film! Whitney's Temple of Buddhism

1843 days ago
25.

Rpg    

YIKES!

1843 days ago
26.

wondering    

she needs to go back to TV where she can play the same character over and over again and nobody will care. She ruins movies.

1843 days ago
27.

LIFE IS LIFE    

Our Father, who art in heaven,
hallowed be thy name; thy kingdom come;
thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread;
and forgive us our trespasses
as we forgive those who trespass against us;
and lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil. Amen

1843 days ago
28.

LiloLicker    

#2:

I'll have no problem permitting Jen to get all "bland and predictable" all over me!!

SPLOOEY!

1843 days ago
29.

haven here    

I am totally bored with Jeffifer Aniston's movies. They are all alike since she has the acting ability to only play one part. I am also tired of her constant seeking of publicity and then pretending she is been unjustly pursued. Just stop offering her roles, who the heck goes to see her movies anyway? Kick her out!

1843 days ago
30.

I Hate this lame tramp    

He is a good actor, she isn't. Like all the posters say, she plays the same character - herself. It is so boring to watch her and even worse is that she sucks. Also, the pity me articles in the tabloids are tiresome, she obviously thinks she is above 99% of the men in the world, she always strives for the "actor". The simple fact is that she will never get over her ex.

1843 days ago
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