William James of Gary, Ind., has accused Tyler of jacking his movie concept and turning it into Temptation: Confessions of a Marriage Counselor, TMZ reports.
The film has earned $49 million since its Easter weekend debut, and William wants his take. According to the screenwriter, he wrote Lovers Kill, a screenplay that he apparently circulated far and wide. Williams’ film is centered on a married couple whose union is threatened when the wife has an affair.
In Temptation, Jurnee Smollett portrays a woman whose infidelity leads to marital strife.
It’s unclear exactly how similar the concepts are, but William will likely need more than that loose, somewhat clichéd story outline to prove copyright infringement by Tyler.
Also, he’ll have to prove that Tyler had access to his script, which doesn’t seem certain at this point. William reportedly gave a copy of the script to someone who knows Oprah Winfrey. Whether Tyler actually laid eyes on it, is unknown.
Lawsuits are nothing new to the media mogul. A woman claiming Tyler’s Good Deeds was based on her 2007 book, Bad Apples Can Be Good Fruit, sued him last year.
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