Sylvester Stallone is being sued for copyright infringement by Marcus Webb, an aspiring screenwriter who claims The Expendables is just like this movie HE wrote about a bunch of awesome action guys doing awesome things. Though, when watching The Expendables, most of us just saw a loose plot slung atop action stars, worn as awkwardly as Stallone wears his jacket of veins, Webb claims he saw The Cordoba Caper, a script he penned and submitted for copyright in June, 2006. Webb claims Stallone's script and his own are "strikingly similar and in some places identical," specifically claiming that the 2010 film stole his idea for "a team of elite, highly-trained mercenaries hired to defeat ... a rogue army general of a small Latin American country" and an opening involving "a hostage rescue at sea, off a foreign coast, which has nothing to do with the main plot." It should be The Cordoba Caper we're lauding for coming up with Eric Roberts' character, the broad mercenary premise, and an intro that involves the good guys shooting some generic bad guys on a boat! Instead, all that heavy praise has been awarded to Stallone's deft pen. Life isn't fair sometimes.
Webb is seeking unspecified damages as well as a stoppage on the planned August, 2012 sequel that would further infringe on his ideas for all these muscular dudes killing some a-holes. If you know any ten-year-olds who also had a similar idea and would like to get in on a class-action thing, just give him a call.