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Filmmaker files 'Barbershop' film lawsuit against Ice Cube and MGM

UPI News Service, 09/09/2005 

A $100 million lawsuit filed in Alabama claims Ice Cube's Vision Productions and MGM stole "Barbershop" from a Montgomery, Ala., filmmaker.

James Davis, 31, filed suit this week in U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Alabama claiming "Barbershop" ripped off his script, "The Shop," reported Friday.

"My script was copyrighted in 1999 while I was in college and theirs was copyrighted in 2001, the same year that I was getting investors and letters of intent," Davis told "A very famous celebrity gave Ice Cube my script and the story board. I am not saying two people can't have the same idea, but for our concepts to be similar is impossible."

Davis said he had an investor willing to produce his screenplay but once MGM announced it was doing "Barbershop," his "whole operation was shut down."

Davis -- who said he was confident he would be vindicated in court -- also named "Barbershop" writers Don D. Scott, Marshall Todd and Mark Brown in his suit.

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