If you think of Taraji P. Henson "What Men Want" was a new interpretation of "What Women Want". A scriptwriter says it really is a rip-off of his screenplay, and now he's suing Paramount.
Joe Carlini writes a screenplay titled "What the F Is He Thinking?" in 2015 and bought it in Hollywood – but Joe admits that he got through. Not a bit.
In his lawsuit, Joe said he had meetings with representatives of major production companies, including Weinstein, Montage and Bloom. He even talked to several actors about the lead role in his film. Yes, he has deleted some names in the documents … James Franco Chris Pratt Nick Swardson and King Bach .
] Nevertheless, it never took flight. Cut to 2 years later … as the film producers according to documentation Taraji for their film on board. When it came out in 2019, Joe said he was painfully aware that they had jacked up his screenplay.
Among the similarities he saw: Both protagonists wished they could understand men better … both fall and bang their heads after celebrating … and both wake up in the hospital and discover that they are the thoughts of men can hear.
Joe says both characters even lose the ability to hear men's thoughts in the same way – another bump on the noggin. In his suit, Joe says they also ripped off his idea of making cameo stars. "What Men Want" had Shaquille O'Neal Grant Hill and Lisa Leslie . Joe says he was in talks to land NFL stars Terrell Owens and Cordarrelle Patterson for his film.
He sues Paramount, BET, Producer Will Packer and most of the film's writers for copyright infringement. Carlini points out that "WMW" raised more than $ 72 million, and now he wants a slice of it.