Will Smith arrives at the European Premiere of Collateral Beauty in London, Britain, December 15, 2016.
Man Accused Him Of Stealing Idea For “Blackish” TV Show
Will Smith has scored a huge victory in the $15 million suit that accused him of stealing the idea for “Blackish” from an unknown screenwriter.
The man, David Marcus, has abruptly agreed to drop all the charges against the “Collateral Beauty” star, Bossip has learned.
Screenwriter Marcus sued Will Smith, ABC Studios and producer Kenya Barris for $15 million earlier this year, accusing them of stealing his idea and turning it into the hit show “Blackish.”
Marcus explained he entered his script into a contest run by the actor back in 2013. His script, “Across The Tracks” was a humorous look at the lives of an upwardly mobile middle class African American family, He never heard back but later realized they allegedly used his work to create the hit show “Blackish.”
The writer sued, and sought $15 million, along with an injunction against Blackish from continuing to be aired unless he is listed as the creator on the credits.
Smith fired back at the unknown writer, demanding the $15 million suit be thrown out of court. He denied all the allegations and pointed out that the man should have looked at the contest rules. The actor never addresses if Marcus’ work was used as a basis for “Blackish” but he said he did nothing wrong.
Then on April 11th, despite the actor denying all allegations of ripping off the man’s work Marcus filed docs in the case stating he and Smith – along with his company Overbrook Entertainment – have both agreed to dismiss all claims against the actor.
The case was closed the same day.