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Exclusive: Hughes Brothers Accused Of Stealing “Book Of Eli”


(AllHipHop News) Filmmakers Allen and Albert Hughes are being sued over their hit 2010 action movie “The Book of Eli.”

“The Book of Eli,” which is credited to writer Gary Whitta, with a rewrite by Anthony Peckham, starred Denzel Washington, Gary Oldman, Mila Kunis and others.

Woodstock, Georgia based writer Bridgette Burgin claims that the movie was stolen from an unpublished two-part book she originally wrote titled “The Final Call.”

According to Burgin, she entered 10 chapters of her book into a nationally advertised writers contest conducted by Writers Digest and The Peter Taylor Prize in Tennessee.

Burgin claims that numerous “screeners” who read manuscripts and submissions were allowed to take them home and keep after the competition.

The lawsuit claims that two “screeners” who were judges of the contest supplied Burgin’s manuscript to Gary Whitta, who presented it to the Hughes Brothers as “The Book of Eli.”

“Gary Whitta was one of the first recipients to receive Burgin’s manuscripts, and presented it to Allen and Albert to produce and direct, and yet unnamed sources who paid Whitta to replicate the manuscript’s last remaining chapters in the form of a screenplay, which he named “The Book of Eli.”

According to the lawsuit, there are over 50 similarities between Burgin’s book and the final version of “The Book of Eli,” which has grossed over $150 million worldwide at the box office.

Burgin is suing for copyright infringement and seeks damages for injury to her professional reputation, diminution of her intellectual property.

She is seeking a preliminary injunction to prevent further distribution of the film and a trial by jury.

The Hughes Brothers have directed a number of popular films, including “Menace II Society,” “Dead Presidents,” American Pimp” and others.

Albert Hughes is currently directing the upcoming action film “Motor City.”

Check out a copy of the lawsuit below:

  • water_ur_seeds

    she need to get someone to give them the pac treatment again

  • woohah623

    what movie idea hasn’t been stolen in hollywood? keep it up Hughes brothers, were rooting for you!

  • YaheardSyndicate

    How did two dudes let Tupac whoop both of they asses…

    • agentcooper90210

      tupac lied about biggie being involved with the shooting in nyc, tupac lied about not being with white girls, tupac lied about his level of involvement in black panthers, tupac lied about changing his ways when he was in jail, yet you believe that he beat up two guys that are twice his size? gtfoh. 

      • water_ur_seeds

        they testified against him in court lol 2pac got something like month in jail for it… and he never lied about any of that schit

      • rep87

        Tupac was rolling up on that set with gang members  protection thats why them dudes got punked like that

  • rep87

    She had nothing in place to protect her book 2yrs later you filing a lawsuit it appears the Hughes brothers knew nothing of her since it was presented to them by someone else before the movie was made , Never hand your work over to the industry without a lawyer and paper work in place to protect your work makes you look DUMB!

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  • So why is she suing the Hughes brothers and not the screen writers? I mean, the obvious answer is cause the Hughes have more money, but they were not the ones that robbed her

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  • LetsBeRealpeople

    See AHH, writing competion is in order. You are way ahead of possible dramatic results, because of the knowledge you’ve presented here. Suspect Hip Hop deaths between ’96 to ’02. Folks would eat that up. You’d freeze up Twitter, just on topic.

  • R_REAL_TALK

    ow well get your box office check book out old Eddie Murphy looking m?othaff?uckka on the right?????

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