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Sylvester Stallone sued over 'The Expendables'

Screenwriter claims that the action movie copies his script

'The Expendables' - Trailer
Video: 'The Expendables' - Trailer
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Sylvester Stallone has been sued by a screenwriter over his action film The Expendables.

Marcus Webb claims that the film copies a short story and script he wrote about a group of mercenaries recruited to defeat a dictator named General Garza, that he filed with the US Copyright Office in 2006.

Webb alleges in his suit, filed in the federal court in Manhattan this week, that the screenplay for The Expendables is "strikingly similar and in some places identical" to his script The Cobra Caper, according to Deadline.

He is seeking unspecified damages and a court order stopping further infringement by Stallone, his co-author David Callaham, Milennium/Nulmage Films and Lionsgate. This could have a potentially damaging effect on The Expendables 2, scheduled for release on August 17 next year.

The Expendables stars Stallone alongside Dolph Lundgren, Jet Li and Eric Roberts, with cameos form Bruce Willis and Arnold Schwarzenegger. You can watch the trailer at the top of this page.

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