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Tyler Perry Sued

Writer Actually WANTS

Credit for 'Temptation'

4/25/2013 4:25 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0425_tyler_perry_temptation_tmzTyler Perry's 'Temptation' has been called everything from "beyond dumb" to "flamboyantly bad" -- yet a small-time screenwriter is suing, claiming Perry jacked the universally panned script from him.

It's the classic Hollywood sob story ... a man from Gary, Ind., says Perry stole his idea for "Temptation: Confessions of a Marriage Counselor," which didn't wow critics, but did rake in $49 million.

In the suit, William James says the plot is similar to "Lovers Kill," which he wrote in 2009. The lawsuit is light on details ... it just says both films center on a married couple ... the wife is tempted by another man, and the affair ruins the marriage.

Apparently James hasn't seen "Unfaithful" ... "Legends of the Fall" ...  "The English Patient" -- need we go on?

But here's the best part: James doesn't even know for sure that Perry ever saw his screenplay -- in the suit, he claims he gave a copy to "an associate" of Oprah Winfrey, hoping it would make it to Perry.

Reps for Perry and Lionsgate ... the movie distributor, also named in the suit ... had no comment.

Madea couldn't be reached, but we're hoping she'd say, "Hellerrr!" ... if she picked up our call.

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Reality_Check    

Wow TMZ, you tried so hard to fit a Madea reference into your article and it STILL sucked. FAIL.

484 days ago
17.

LDB    

any movie with the name tyler perry slapped on it should be avoided

484 days ago
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Promisedland007    

Tyler perry isn't a billionaire because he's dumb! He's brilliant and a hard worker! Except when he cast Kim k in this BS. The only reason Tmz is reporting this is bc Kim kartrashian PR team pay TMZ and they are hoping to wheel in some $$$$ from Tyler perry bc he's a billionaire and so they wrote this hoping he will contact TMZ with some $ to write positive stories

484 days ago
19.

Promisedland007    

He write, direct, and produce all his movies usually in 6 weeks. Genius

484 days ago
20.

JFC10    

Can't believe you compared that garbage movie to Legends of the Falls.

484 days ago
21.

Mrugowsky    

As long as people keep going to his crappy movies he will continue to make his crappy movies.

484 days ago
22.

Tsummers9854    

It's funny how everyone's got an opinion. You know what they say about opinions! When a scriptwriter wants his script picked up by someone sends it to different studios. When portions of the script is stolen there should be consequences. If Perry had used the whole script the movie would have been much better!

484 days ago
23.

Thomas8912    

I liked the movie...blogs bash it so hard!

484 days ago
24.

joecrabs    

Coming to a theatre near you: Tyler Perry's Next Sh--ty Movie!!

484 days ago
25.

SoWhat    

No one wants credit for anything Perry has done...except Perry! The guy hasn't done a single thing that's ever been even close to good and that Alex Cross movie was complete garbage, Freeman should have been cast as the lead again, besides a complete rewrite of the awful script.

484 days ago
26.

LadyN    

In Unfaithful, the husband kills the lover and the wife and husband cover it up and stay together so that movie isn't the same as an affair ruining the marriage but yeah, there are about a million movies that have the same theme...so I doubt this lawsuit will go anywhere,

483 days ago
27.

Salim    

doesn't sound too...tempting.

483 days ago
28.

Wanshun Tam    

Haha. What's original these days anymore?

483 days ago
29.

victorypark    

Never been to a TP movie ever or own a TP DVD. Embarassment to my race.

483 days ago
30.

Whatever    

Wake me when he comes out of the closet.

483 days ago
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