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Director Tyler Perry and Oscar-winning actor Jamie Foxx are facing a lawsuit from a prisoner who claims the two men’s vision for their new film was his idea.
According to the Huffington Post, the plaintiff, Shamont Lyle Sapp, claims that the men’s idea for their new movie idea, starring Perry as Madea from his films, Foxx as Wanda from sketch comedy show In Living Color and comedian Martin Lawrence as Sheneneh from his series Martin, Skank Robbers is unoriginal and was his idea from the start.
Sapp, who is currently imprisoned in Oklahoma for 10 bank robberies, says he originally gave the men the idea for the film. Sapp’s idea for the movie was not a comedic venture, but a drama that involved Perry, Foxx, and Lawrence as the same characters for Skank Robbers.
TMZ reports that legal documents show Sapp’s allegedly hijacked idea. His idea was: “a white male mental patient takes Madea hostage...He deals with phone calls from the negotiators, as Madea actually pleads for her life in a very sad tear-jerking way...Her pleas are to be very sad. No jokes at all.”
Sapp is also filing a $4 million lawsuit claiming damages against Fox Broadcasting and producer David Zuckerman.