Chuck Wepner, the ex-boxer pronounced to have desirous a Rocky Balboa impression and who is a theme of a arriving pic The Bleeder, is suing a producers of what he calls an unauthorized “copycat” film formed on his life. The lawsuit, filed Monday in Los Angeles Superior Court (read it here), claims that a defendants dissipated trusted information that creatively was to be used for The Bleeder and finished adult in American Brawler — that a plaintiffs refer to as “the stolen Wepner film.”
The lawsuit claims Wepner entered into a contract with Tollin/Robbins Productions to make The Bleeder and gave a association disdainful and singular entrance to a former boxer, his life, practice and insights in connection with formulating a film about him.
“As this routine began, suspect Mary Aloe approached Tollin/Robbins about providing assistance in raising financing for this film,” a fit states. “Tollin/Robbins concluded she could do so, entrusting Aloe with confidential and other disdainful information about a project, conditioned on her usurpation and abiding by a requirement not to use that information to her possess advantage, nor to meddle in any approach with the project. After unwell to lift any poignant supports and abandoning a project, however, Aloe proceeded to do accurately that, hidden plaintiffs’ script, trusted information, production materials and singular information performed from Wepner, and intrusively and illegally interfering with not usually plaintiffs’ disdainful contractual attribute with Wepner, though with other important figures in plaintiffs’ film, all to improperly make a scarcely matching film that entirely exploits everything she performed in confidence.”
American Brawler producers Robert Simmons, Daniel Grodnick, Grodnik Aloe Productions and Massive Film Project also are named as defendants in a suit, that seeks a jury hearing along with vague punitive and other damages. Tollin/Robbins is a plaintiff along with Nu Image, a sales representative on The Bleeder, which focuses on Wepner’s 1975 quarrel with heavyweight champion Muhammad Ali, wherein Wepner endured 15 rounds before finally losing by a technical knockout. Ray Donovan star Liev Schreiber plays Wepner in a expel that also includes Noami Watts, Elizabeth Moss, Jim Gaffigan, Ron Perlman and Pooch Hall.
Attorneys Lincoln Bandlow and Patrick Hagan of Fox Rothschild are representing a plaintiffs in a case.