In the court papers, Webb says he filed a copyright claim on 'The Cordoba Caper' in 2006, and between 2006 and 2009, the script (and its short-story component also called 'The Cordoba Caper') was readily available to anyone in Hollywood to read as an example of his work.
"There can be no dispute that Stallone and/or [co-screenwriter David] Callaham had access to and copied protectable elements of the screenplay," according to the lawsuit.
What are those elements? Both 'Caper' and 'The Expendables' apparently begin with an off-shore rescue that has little connection to the main plot, focus on an elite team of "highly-trained mercenaries" tasked with defeating a "rogue army general of a small Latin American country," and feature a villain named "General Garza." 'The Expendables' came out in August of 2010.
Webb is seeking unspecified damages from his lawsuit. Stallone had no comment on the case through his publicist. 'The Expendables 2' hits theaters in 2012.
Gallery | Sugar Ray Leonard's Favorite Boxing Movies
'The Fighter' (2010)
"Well, you know what, that through me for a loop because I had no idea that it would be as successful as it was," said Leonard, who appears in the 2010 Best Picture nominee. "But, if you think back, it’s about the family and boxing was the backdrop. But I fought that guy back in 1978. I remember that fight like it was yesterday… and he was a crazy son of a bitch. But, you know he proved to be a tough fight for me. Being that he was considered to be a bar room fighter.
Did Dicky Ecklund trip or knock down Sugar Ray?
Oh, it’s such bullshit! It’s so obvious. But if you ask someone from Boston, they will say I was knocked down. It depends on what demographic you’re in."
"I saw ‘Rocky’ the night before my first professional fight. February 5th, 1977, at the Baltimore Civic Center. I remember like it was yesterday. Even though I was not the underdog, it still spoke volume to all fighters because we tried to be somebody. We’re trying to get out of that hole. But you can only do so many sequels, because you kind of lose that magic and touch -- that little thing that you can’t explain, but you know it's there."
'Raging Bull' (1980)
"When I think of a boxing movie -- a real boxing, hearts pounding, emotional attachment – I think about 'Raging Bull.' [Robert] De Niro, I mean that was just an amazing display of just sheer inside the ring boxing pounding."
'The Champ' (1979)
"That’s a movie I cried at. I’m not a crybaby, but that was one of the movies because you saw the human side of the sport of boxing. You took away the nature of the sport and you look at what was in the sport."
"You know, Will Smith, he blew my mind with the kind of shape he got into. I mean, he really, really, worked hard to be the fighter. And the thing about it: It’s not easy being Muhammad Ali. There’s only one Muhammad. It’s hard to duplicate Ali’s idiosyncrasies and Ali’s mannerisms. But Will did physically look like a fighter."
'Million Dollar Baby' (2004)
"Another one is ‘Million Dollar Baby.’ I loved it. I thought Hilary Swank separated herself from being Hilary Swank. She didn’t think about being effeminate. She really became a fighter with the look. That’s what I worked on with Hugh -- I didn’t necessarily work with him on the execution with the punches as much. But, more so, to look the fighter and to feel the fighter. And that’s what boxing is all about: It takes place outside the ring. What takes place before that fight. It’s always compelling if done right."
'The Hurricane' (1999)
"I had spoken to Denzel just after he had done the movie and I said, 'Denzel, look at you, man.' The reason boxing movies are so big and they really hit is because it’s one of the most primal, mano a mano, you against me – it’s one of those sports, man, where the average guy sits on his couch and lives vicariously through his favorite fighter. Nothing like it. And Denzel really, really got the character. I was so impressed with his performance because it’s not always about the punches, it’s about what the face reveals."
'Requiem for a Heavyweight' (1962)
"Another movie that comes to mind is ‘Requiem for a Heavyweight.’ That was one of my favorites, too. It was more about the emotional contest than the physical aspects of boxing. It’s about that once-in-a-lifetime shot. That one chance to become a contender or a champion. And that’s true to what boxing is all about being a poor man’s sport – is that shot. That shot as stardom."
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