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'Machete' Directors

Sued By Writer --

You JACKED My Film Idea!!

2/2/2012 10:35 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Yvonne Delarosa
The directors behind the movie "Machete" are two shameless dirty movie stealers -- this according to a new lawsuit, filed by a writer/actress who claims they ripped off her ideas to make the machete-wielding revenge film.

Yvonne Delarosa filed the lawsuit in L.A. County Superior Court, claiming one of the directors -- Ethan Maniquis -- solicited her for ideas back in 2005 for a movie in which a man goes on a killing spree with a machete ... and then used them without paying her.

According to the lawsuit, Yvonne shared her brilliant characters and storylines believing she'd be compensated -- but she never was ... and the movie was released in 2010, containing a bunch of her contributions.

Now, Yvonne is suing both Maniquis and his co-director Robert Rodriguez for breach of contract -- seeking unspecified damages.

Yvonne does not specify which ideas were hers. Calls to Robert and Ethan's production company have not been returned.

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16.

Superman    

Didn't that movie bomb?

931 days ago
17.

lily    

Hmmm, the Machete character has been around for a long time. Liar. And whats with the stupid look on your face?

931 days ago
18.

Carl    

Why does it always take these people YEARS to sue? Machete came out 2 years ago and that movie came directly out of one of the "previews" in Grindhouse which came out back in 2007.

931 days ago
19.

Fred    

Guys, check her wiki out -- Funny as hell.

931 days ago
20.

JAN    

Welcome to Hollywood! They do this EVERY SINGLE DAY!! What's shocking is that she would admit having anything to do with this film.

931 days ago
21.

ok    

Machete proved to me that Lohan CANNOT act! With her gravelly voice and just lack of talent, I see why she isn't working these days.

931 days ago
22.

jeff    

Just because a movie didn't make a 100 million, doesn't mean it wasn't any good. Most women don't wanna watch extremely violent movies. Grindhouse was a masterpiece. 2 great movies at the same showing for 1 ticket price.

931 days ago
23.

frunklin    

OMG what a great Idea for a movie. A guy that kills people with a machete. What an original idea. They should of thought of that in the Friday the 13th movies!!!

931 days ago
24.

Fat Mike    

Machete don't text!

931 days ago
25.

buzz kill    

Who would want credit for a movie that totally sucked? It had the bigest collection of has-bens ever. Linsay Lohan proved she can't act. This movie was a total waste of time.

931 days ago
26.

John_Dunkel    

Welcome to Hollywood!

931 days ago
27.

Carl    

This b# used to run a pot shop in Venice with her boyfriend. Total hippie crack head! Dumb.

931 days ago
28.

nof    

Too bad she couldn't come up with something better:


Than a "Nuisance Suit."


Probably filed it herself:


Homeless.


Like the rest of 'em.


That do this.

931 days ago
29.

BillyBurke    

Meet me and my boys behind Musso & Franks to discuss the deal.

If we can't work anything our meet us at Boardners...

931 days ago
30.

Geoff    

That's bull... Danny Trejo and Robert Rodriguez had the idea for Machete way before 2005, as the character of Machete shows up in 2001's Spy Kids, and all the other Spy Kids films... http://www.imdb.com/character/ch0006776/

931 days ago
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