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Kevin Costner

Dumbest Fight Ever ...

For Credit on Sucky 'Draft Day'?!

6/12/2014 12:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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Kevin Costner's movie, "Draft Day" was a total bomb in theaters -- but  amazingly there are people actually fighting to claim credit for the box office disaster.

Lionsgate Films filed court docs trying to head-off a possible legal challenge by William (Wil) Mara, whose novel "The Draft" covers the same subject as the movie ... the NFL draft.

Mara claims Lionsgate jacked his book for their movie -- even though the studio touted the film as an original piece of work ... according to the docs obtained by TMZ.

LG claims the book and movie differ substantially -- different teams, plots and characters -- and the entire movie takes place on actual draft day, and most of the book does not. Mind you ... the studio's bragging about a movie that made a mere $29 mil.

Lionsgate wants this sorted out before 'DD' comes out on DVD -- which ... it's assuming people will buy? 

Drop back and punt comes to mind.

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BLUE UGLY 💩    

Bodyguard was better

70 days ago
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Decker    

Superbitchy article. That time of the month?

70 days ago
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idiots_abound    

First, it wasn't a "sucky" movie. It got a 62% on Rotten Tomatoes with 71% of viewers liking it. Second, it only had a budget of $20 million. So its already cleared almost a ten million profit BEFORE DVD and ppv income. That will at least double the profits. So yeah...they're fighting over a $40-50 million dollar pie. But I guess you can't work at TMZ unless you can be snarky and irreverent about a perfectly legit story. Pathetic

70 days ago
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idiots_abound    

TMZ dictionary : "total bomb" = movies that make $10,000,000 profit at the box office. Idiots

70 days ago
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DiM    

It's seldom about money. It's about the plagiarism of another's creativity and hard work.

70 days ago
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R    

yeah, I really trust TMZ's opinion about movies

70 days ago
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Truth    

LAME POS. EVERY1 KNOWS THE REAL DRAFT IS TELEVISED LIVE OVER 3 DAYS ON NFL NETWORK. WHO NEEDS TO THIS SH*T... COSTNER IS DESPERATE. #TRUTH!!

70 days ago
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cobrazombie    

$29 mil box office from a $25 mil production budget = fail.

70 days ago
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Ace    

I'm on Lionsgate's side...they send me lots of free movies every year:)

70 days ago
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Idolizingclowns    

The funny thing when I first saw the trailer for "Draft Day" I immediately looked into whether it was based off of "The Draft". I read "The Draft" years ago and naturally assumed it was the basis for "Draft Day" as even the trailer seemed to highlight parts of the book.

70 days ago
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candycane    

Loved the movie.

70 days ago
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texasannie    

I liked the movie. Thought it was very enjoyable. critics suck in general imo

70 days ago
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Evan Benz    

DVD's.
Are you sticking with the DVD for the sound quality ???
Is it like The Beatles on vinyl . . . that type of thing ???

70 days ago
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Frosticles    

Sorry to say, K.C. Is starting to hang out in a culture of yesterday.
The sports genre in flicks is OVER.... SO 1983.

70 days ago
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Frosticles    

Potter itself of him holding a football is an epic FAIL!

70 days ago
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