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A New Jersey man is suing the filmmakers of the Rocky sequel, including producer-star Sylvester Stallone and writer-director Ryan Coogler, alleging that they “took [his] idea and turned it into a multi-million dollar motion picture” without compensating him.

In a complaint filed Feb. 26 in Passaic County Superior Court and obtained by EW, actor and lifelong Rocky fan Jarrett Alexander claims he conceived a film about the orphaned son of Apollo Creed in 2008, then wrote the screenplay Creed: Rocky Legacy and registered it with the Writers Guild of America and the U.S. Copyright Office in 2010.
According to the lawsuit, Alexander and his associates then attempted to pitch the idea to various industry professionals, sending around the screenplay and circulating links to a promotional reel. Their efforts included lobbying Stallone via Twitter, with no response. In 2013, news broke that MGM was developing a Creed movie, with Coogler directing and Stallone starring opposite Michael B. Jordan in the title role. Coogler has said the story was inspired by his close relationship with his father. Released last November, Creed proved to be a critical and commercial success. It received positive reviews, grossed $173 million at the worldwide box office (on a $35 million production budget), and earned a supporting actor Oscar nomination for Stallone.
Alexander is suing Stallone, Coogler, MGM, New Line, Warner Bros., Chartoff-Winkler Productions, and producer Aaron Covington for misappropriation of idea, breach of implied contract, and unjust enrichment.

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