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20th Century Fox

Screenwriter -- You Stole

My Justin Timberlake Flick!!

10/28/2013 4:31 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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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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