Tyler Perry is known for releasing film after film at a nearly breakneck pace, but a new lawsuit claims that one of his most recent works stemmed from a stolen idea.
Perry released the film "Good Deeds," which he directed, wrote and stars in, on Feb. 24, 2012. The movie chronicles a rich entrepreneur, played by Perry, who meets a struggling single mother and begins a romantic entanglement with her.
But now another author is claiming that Perry took the idea for the film from a book that she wrote.
Terri Donald, an author who writes under the pseudonym TLO Red'ness, says "Good Deeds" bears too many similarities to ignore to "Bad Apples Can Be Good Fruit," a book she wrote in 2007, according to a report from Reuters.
Donald claims in the lawsuit, which was filed in Philadelphia, Penn., that she sent a copy of "Bad Apples Can Be Good Fruit" to Perry's production company, Tyler Perry Studios, before the writer and director began work on the script for "Good Deeds." She claims the book inspired the film's script and she should be given credit for her work's involvement.
"Donald is seeking $225,000 in initial damages as well as an injunction requiring the company to add a credit for her book in the opening and closing credits. The lawsuit also calls for the company to provide an accounting of the movie's revenues," Reuters reported.
Though "Good Deeds" was a modest box office success, earning about $35 million domestically, critics were not exactly kind. Movie review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes assigned the film an incredibly low 10 percent approval rating among top critics. The critical consensus for the film is: "Tyler Perry's craftmanship as a director continues to improve, but his stories are still the same ol' hoary, pretentious melodramas."