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20th Century Fox

Screenwriter -- You Stole

My Justin Timberlake Flick!!

10/28/2013 4:31 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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A screenwriter claims he's a victim of Hollywood bullies -- and that the movie he wrote that became a Justin Timberlake feature was flat out stolen from him.

Odysseus Lappas filed a lawsuit -- obtained by TMZ -- in which he claims he wrote a screenplay in 1996 called "Time Card," about a man who lives in a future world where people died at age 25 unless they can purchase more time.  Sounds interesting.

He claims it also sounded interesting to 20th Century Fox, which offered him $80k for the rights.  He turned the offer down because he wanted to produce and/or direct the film.

Fast forward to 2011, when Fox released the film, "In Time," starring Justin Timberlake and Amanda Seyfried.  Lappas says the movie is a ripoff of virtually every element of "Time Card."

"In Time" grossed $37.5 mil. -- not exactly "Titanic."

Lappas wants $4.5 mil.  But you know Hollywood, what he really wants is to direct.

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1.

w    

I so believe this story, of course hollywood stole it..they're moral-less crooks.

259 days ago
2.

cobrazombie    

Wouldn't surprise me at all. Although I think he should've taken the 80,000.

259 days ago
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Truth    

OF COURSE THEY STOLE IT... FOTOCOPIED OVERNITE AND SENT HIM HOME WITH A CHEAP A$$ OFFER OF $80K, THE ORIGINAL SCRIPT, AND CAB FARE. #TRUTH!!

259 days ago
4.

mick    

In Time grossed 174 Million worldwide. Those ain't exactly pennies.

259 days ago
5.

Figgy    

Hello? Logan's Run anyone? Should have taken the 80K and a credit for an unoriginal screenplay.

259 days ago
6.

Keyser Söze    

He got the idea and wrote what was, I guess, his first draft in 1996.

He refused to sell the rights, cause he wanted more involvement with the project - based only on his first draft, and nothing else. Not really surprising for an unknown - guess he didn't have big enough backers to make it happen.

15 years later, the studio to who he supposedly pitch that first draft releases a film that, according to him, 'is a ripoff of virtually every element' of his script. And it only took him two years to notice it...

Now, not gonna say this is total BS - studios are notorious ideas thieves. But, man, does that guy need some serious solid proofs to win this one!

Good luck, Lappas - you gonna need it.

259 days ago
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Truth    

DUDE IS BASICALLY SUING FOR POINTS ON THE BACK END... 2-3 POINTS ON $174 MIL WORLDWIDE BOX OFFICE IS ROUGHLY $4.5 MIL. #TRUTH!!

259 days ago
8.

NoMoreRealityTvStars    

Has anyone ever heard of Logan's run? In Time and Time card used that idea that was already done. They both just changed some things about it. In Time was crap anyways.

259 days ago
9.

BLUE UGLY 💩    

Timberfake can' act anyway

259 days ago
10.

Kelly    

Hs film career has not been that spectacular. The Facebook movie was overrated. He still needs a breakout if he wants to be the new Sinatra.

259 days ago
11.

Nikki    

Welcome to Hollywood.

259 days ago
12.

nof    

A Nuisance-Suit in Hollywood is always about desperation -


Writers claiming they wrote this before the other thing.


If you believe in yourself at all - you don't do this.


I've starved b4 before pulling this crap on a Studio.


Wise guys think it's an easy 300K but that's changed.

259 days ago
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nof    

Here's how preposterous this allegation is:


Dude claims 20th offered him 80K but he said no.


-First of all - only Stallone does that -


Also it was "verbal" otherwise he woulda produced the 80K do***ent for TMZ.


Second of all he's saying Fox KEPT this dynamite piece, i.e. script around and for seventeen years -


Secretly!


Hoping to disguise and RE ASSIGN it some day -


Better-to-just-admit nothing's-worked and yer broke.


At least then there's some truth left, some dignity.


If William Holden went back to Ohio during the period of SUNSET BOULEVARD?


At least he goes back and says he tried.


If Joe Gillis didn't do/try this - YOU shouldn't either -


Always defer to that movie when in doubt.


Next time drive down Sunset with a flat.

259 days ago
14.

nof    

Okay, I'm annoyed.


Here's why:


This is the VERY reason the Studio's are so crazed about preventing SCRIPTS on the lot.


I worked at the WB - a script arrives there nine WB security-guards ESCORT it off the lot -


ALL sign a legal do***ent they DIDN'T open it!!!


Cuz of this !!!!

259 days ago
15.

demoncat    

or he wants a movie deal to direct in lue of some over due compensation for his idea being taken and made without his okay

259 days ago
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