Alleged Copying of Scenes from Rejected Script: Author Sues Man Ritchie Over ‘The Gents’

Man Ritchie is allegedly dealing with a lawsuit from a author who accuses The Gentleman of copying scenes from his script.

In response to Selection, actor and author Mickey De Hara filed the lawsuit in opposition to Ritchie within the London Excessive Courtroom final month. De Hara claims that Ritchie requested him to put in writing a RockNRolla sequel primarily based on his private experiences, which he delivered however was advised that the gangster film style was over. Two years later, De Hara alleges that The Gents was launched, which he says is a considerable copy of his 2018 script.

It’s claimed Ritchie’s ‘The Gents’ copies sure parts from one other script. CREDIT: Alamy

De Hara is alleged to be claiming over $250,000 (£201,239), which features a share of the movie’s income, and searching for credit score for his authentic work that was used with out his consent or fee. He additionally denies having any intention of searching for credit score for authentic work that was not created by him.

The Gentleman premiered in January 2020, starring Matthew McConaughey as a marijuana provider who desires to go away the drug enterprise however faces dangers. It obtained an viewers rating of 86% on Rotten Tomatoes, however NME gave it a two-star evaluate, calling it a cartoonish crime caper with informal racism.

De Hara cites a scene involving Colin Farrell’s character and his gang squirting vinegar into somebody’s eyes to be a word-for-word copy of his script. He believes the 2018 script he submitted to Ritchie targeted on a protagonist working a marijuana enterprise.

Ritchie is alleged to have texted De Hara when the similarities have been identified: “Mickey, I and my individuals have tried to contact you for some years now. There was no response. I’m joyful for us to take a seat down and have a chat.” De Hara denies that Ritchie tried to contact him prematurely of the film’s launch.

De Hara requested Ritchie for a author’s credit score on The Gents forward of its digital launch, however the latter declined, as an alternative providing him a writing credit score on a special challenge he wasn’t concerned in. De Hara alleges in his swimsuit that Ritchie’s affiliate stated that it wouldn’t be attainable.

Ritchie has but to touch upon the allegations.