The man trying to shut down the release of "Barbershop: The Next Cut" just got snipped by a judge.
Law enforcement tells TMZ the ruling was made Thursday in L.A. ... saying JD Lawrence didn't have enough to back up his claim the movie's release would damage him beyond repair.
TMZ broke the story ... Lawrence went after Warner Bros and Showtime for the 'Barbershop' movies and TV series ... saying there were uncanny similarities to scenes from his stage play "Scissors." Lawrence asked for at least $20 million in damages.
A rep for Warner Bros and MGM (distributors for 'Next Cut') tells TMZ, "We are pleased the judge saw through this thinly-veiled attempt to extort the companies that have invested over 14 years and millions of dollars to bring the beloved 'Barbershop' franchise to audiences worldwide."