LOS ANGELES (CNS) – A producer who said he came up with the idea for Charlie Sheen’s “Anger Management” television show needs to redo his lawsuit for it to proceed, court papers showed today.
In a decision issued Friday, Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Mary Ann Murphy said lawyers for Jason Shuman and his company, Blue Star Entertainment, did not provide information sufficient to support claims for fraud, negligent misrepresentation, breach of fiduciary duty as well as some of the contractual causes of action against producer Joe Roth and his Revolution Studios. She gave them 20 days to file an amended complaint.
The TV show is based on the 2003 film of the same name.
Murphy heard arguments May 30 on a defense motion to dismiss those particular allegations from the complaint, then took the case under submission to ponder the issues.
Shuman sued in April 2012, saying he developed the television version of the film starring Adam Sandler and Jack Nicholson.
Shuman alleges that in 2008, Roth chose him to go through Revolution Studios’ film catalog for titles that could be worked into adaptations and remakes. Shuman says he was told by Roth to continue working on developing and pitching the television show, the suit states.
Shuman says he learned in July 2011 that Sheen was interested in starring in the show and called Roth to congratulate him.
“Roth told Shuman how Sheen became interested and told him to sit tight until the Sheen deal was official,” according to Shuman’s court papers.
However, when Shuman called Roth saying he wanted to get started on the show, he was told the agreement the two had was no longer being honored, Shuman’s court papers state.
“Although plaintiffs are the masterminds behind the TV show, they have received on compensation or credit for their efforts,” according to Shuman’s court papers.
But in her ruling regarding the fraud allegations, Murphy stated that Revolution was “free to continue to shop its own exploitation possibilities and entertain third party offers and proposals without obligation to (Shuman). Plaintiffs have not (provided details) showing they instigated the series with Sheen.”
The show’s value is estimated at $700 million, according to the suit.
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