Everyone wants a piece of the Empire pie.
After being sued by a Detroit woman claiming that Empire stole her life story (and after reports surfaced that Marvin Gaye’s son is gearing up to sue Empire), the FOX hit has been hit with another lawsuit—this time for a whopping $500 million.
Like those before him, the plaintiff alleges that Empire stole his show idea.
A guy named Jon Astor-White is suing EPs Danny Strong and Lee Daniels — as well as Imagine Entertainment and 21st Century Fox — claiming he shopped around a show called “King Solomon” back in 2007 … which bears a lot of similarities to “Empire.”
Astor-White claims his show would have starred Richard Roundtree (Shaft said no thanks) and was about a record executive and his family and their battle over control of the company.
Astor-White said he faxed the treatment around, and included a proposed cast list which was aspirational, to say the least. In addition to Roundtree, Astor-White wanted Diahann Carroll, Alicia Keys, Kanye West, John Goodman, George Hamilton and Angie Dickinson.
Astor-White describes his show as “the style and elegance of ‘Dynasty’ meets ‘The Sopranos’ with a sprinkling of ‘The Godfather.’”
Where is our handy dandy “Bye Felicia!” GIF when we need it? Oh, here it is!
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