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Writer Sues -- My Agent Stole My 'Lottery Ticket'

8/12/2010 4:01 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Ice Cube's new movie  "Lottery Ticket" doesn't come out for another week -- but there's already a legal fight over the flick ... from a screenwriter who claims his agent ripped off his idea and gave it to another one of his clients.

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The man filing the lawsuit is Tom Huang -- who once wrote an episode of "The Mullets" back in 2003.

According to legal documents, Huang claims he came up with an idea for a movie back in 2004, wrote a "treatment" for it ... and talked it over with his agent Brad Kaplan.

But in the lawsuit, filed Wednesday in L.A. County Superior Court, Huang claims Kaplan "stole" the idea and gave it to one of his clients named Erik White .. who went on to write and direct "Lottery Ticket."

Huang claims "Lottery Ticket" ripped off all sorts of elements from his movie -- including "detailed plot elements, characters, and scenes." Huang is suing for an undisclosed amount -- but states in the lawsuit that he believes "Lottery Ticket" will rake in millions ... so it's safe to say he's gonna want a ton of cash.

In the docs, Huang claims that the agent Brad Kaplan denies any wrongdoing -- and believes White "created the story" for Lottery Ticket.

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amber    

NONE of the females (and one of the males) in that picture is wearing hair that grew out of their scalps.

1348 days ago
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amber    

(I dont know if there's a wig on the cap man, too...)

1348 days ago
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dan     

i know there is the whole principle of the thing but who would really want to own the rights to a movie that most certainly will bomb

1348 days ago
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amber    

I dunno dan, they made a THIRD Friday (the second made the first one all ashamed to share the movie's name) and a SECOND barbershop! Some fool is proud of that...

1348 days ago
5.

82nd Airborne    

Or her could stop being a money hungry whore and look at the cast involved in said movie and realize "holy ****. I wrote something that attracts the worst z-list actors/actresses." Or he can continue the lawsuit and realize his true position in life. Oh, and that is as a worthless **** that tries to feed of other peoples success'. Have a nice day bub. You're always going to be a nothing.

1348 days ago
6.

Tony    

Why put quotation marks before and after the word treatment? I'm guessing you guys think it's BS? I'm beginning to think that to. Although, the movie hasn't been out yet, so he may be telling the truth.

What you usually do, so you can prove that that was your original idea, is at least register the treatment with the WGA.

If he did that, great! If not, oh well!

1348 days ago
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dan     

to amber. Friday was made around the time cube had just finished boys in the hood so Friday was someone of a comedy version, furthermore he was at the height of his popularity just coming off of nwa, second the barbershop movies weren't that really offensive so they were OK and the story was OK

1348 days ago
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MIDNIGHT TOKER    

I thought the first 2 fridays were funny,and the ads for this lottery thing looks funny.Sure wont pay 8 bucks to see it though.

1348 days ago
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ERock    

Dumbest plot line. Ever. Took a real genious to think that one up. And an ever brighter genious to steal it. It's not stealing if you pull trash out of a dumpster.

1348 days ago
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Truth    

ICE CUBE HAS BEEN AN EPIC FAIL IN MOVIES OVER THE LAST DECADE. THIS SHIET FLICK AINT EARNING ANY "MILLIONS". MIGHT COVER PRODUCTION COSTS, THAT'S ABOUT IT.

1348 days ago
11.

Bill F. Murray    

Seems like with a lot of movies these days, they suck you in by putting the best parts in the commercials & promos...the commercials for this one aren't even funny...BOMB.

1348 days ago
12.

Vanessa    

Why care about a movie that will be a flop?
Tired of all these stereotypical, stupid black movies anyway
I'm black and it's insulting

Make the fight worth it over a good movie...like Harry Potter :)

1348 days ago
13.

me    

this plot's been done in so many different ways it's impossible to not steal some element.

1348 days ago
14.

chi_lurker    

I'm with you guys. So he thinks this move is gonna make millions? It'll be lucky to make hundreds. And the fact that he actually wants to take credit for this crap...SMH.

1348 days ago
15.

fillorkill    

is it just me or every dude in this photo except Ice Cube looks straight gay fish? why guys think they need to look fruity these days is beyond me....

and this movie looks pretty garbage btw

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