$200 million (£152 million) copyright lawsuit is thrown out of LA court
A $200 million (£152 million) copyright lawsuit filed against Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson and Mark Wahlberg hit TV series Ballers has been dismissed.
The show which Wahlberg is as an executive producer of, features Johnson as a retired American football star-turned-mentor, who helps young players manage their finances and avoid hitting the headlines for all the wrong reasons.
Everette Silas and Sherri Littleton launched legal action against the actors and bosses of HBO last year, claiming they originated the idea of a show based around the sports industry, called Off Season, in 2007.
They alleged that they had been working with Wahlberg, Johnson and their manager to develop the project, but the deal fell apart in 2009, after Silas and Littleton insisted their names featured in the credits.
They noted a number of striking similarities between the plot of Off Season and Ballers, both of which are set in Miami, and revolve around African-American football players and their lives off the field. They demanded compensation.
However, the makers of the show insisted the projects are “radically” different and sought to have the case dismissed.
Today (July 25), during a hearing in Los Angeles a judge threw the case out, reports Deadline.
The verdict comes just days after the second season of Ballers debuted in the U.S.
Screenwriter Aaron Guzikowski is on writing duties for the movie, but Johnson’s announcement is yet to be confirmed – and a director for the film is yet to be announced.