I have no love for Tyler Perry. Personally, I believe his movies are pure coonery. But I have even less love for shiftless Negroes who want to make a fast dollar on the success of others.
On the heels of Tyler Perry’s Success of the Movie Temptation: Confessions of a Marriage Counselor comes a brand new lawsuit from a second person alleging that Tyler Perry stole their story. This one is being filed by William James (no relation) who says that Tyler Perry stole the script to his play Lover’s Kill written in 2009.
Only Tyler Perry’s stage play the Marriage Counselor was first produced in 2008. And I bought the DVD to that wretched mess for my sister as a gift from Amazon in 2009. So that means the final draft was written probably around oh, 2007. A good lawyer will ask William James to produce a WGA certificate or a U.S. copyright certificate with a date on it before 2007.
Someone is adding two and two together and coming up with five. Sounds like Mr. James (no relation) is trying to catch a case in the hopes Tyler Perry’s people will break him off a nice little settlement to squash his bogus lawsuit. Hustling the legal system for some small change.
This is the second person to come out and say Tyler Perry stole material from them. The first author T’lo Redness wanted to say that Tyler Perry stole the idea for the movie Good Deeds from her self-published book Bad Apples Can be Good Fruit. She’s suing for a whopping $225,000.
If she only knew that screenwriters are usually paid three to five percent of the production budget on a film that’s greenlit.
Now according to Mr. James (again, no relation) he says he gave his script for Lover’s Kill to an associate of Oprah Winfrey who knows Tyler Perry. And that’s how he alleges Tyler Perry stole his script.
Let me get this straight: He gives his script to a dude who alleges he is an associate of Oprah Winfrey who knows Tyler Perry and the assumption is that he’ll read the script. I thought this kind of story only happened in the movies.
William James may have well taken his script and thrown it in the trash. Because that’s not how the business works in real life.
I’ve been in the publishing business for over twenty years and in screenwriting for over seven years. And screenplays are not submitted by you giving them to an associate of a famous person who knows whatever big name producer.
Here’s a fact for all you aspiring screenwriters out there: Producers like Tyler Perry don’t read unsolicited material. Their lawyers won’t let them touch it. Why? Because it leads to lawsuits like this one.
Most screenwriters don’t send scripts to production company like Tyler Perry’s. Why? Because it’s considered unprofessional. Usually when people send scripts unsolicited to a production company they wind up either returned to sender unread, or they wind up being put in the trash.
Chances are Tyler Perry never even touched William James’ script. Most material sent to production companies goes through a business office where it’s screened for lightning rods like unsolicited screenplays, books like the one T’Lo Redness alleges she gave him or other materials people think will make a “great” film.
Associates of people like the one William James ran into usually have to go through this business office to submit their scripts. Where they’re stopped cold by an assistant who takes those unsolicited scripts and dumps them in the trash once they leave.
Scripts get into the hands of producers one of two ways:
Through an agent,
Or by a production company contacting a writer directly. Usually this doesn’t happen unless a writer has a million sales on a book or a producer or director requests them specifically.
When it comes to screenplays, it’s not who you know, but how you know to follow protocol. When representatives of the production company contact a writer directly about their script, they usually send them a signed written release absolving the production company of all liability. This release has to be signed and sent back with a copy of the script. Without this release, a production company will not read a script.
Writers usually make a copy of the release and keep it for their files. And then after they file that release away, they wait as the long process of rejection begins. It takes a lot of no to get to yes in the world of screenwriting. That’s why writers like myself don’t quit our day jobs. There are no shortcuts in the film and TV business, and the road to success in the entertainment business is slow. Very slow. It often takes years for a project to get greenlit and approved for production. Again, that’s why writers like myself don’t quit our day jobs.
Instead of suing Tyler Perry for a little bit of change Brothers and sisters like T’lo Redness and William James need to learn how the entertainment business works. When Black people get involved in frivolous lawsuits like this one, all it does is make Black people look like we’re a bunch of shiftless, lazy incompetent coons scavenging the bottom of the barrel for some change. Stop running ghetto hustles like catching cases for dollars because it doesn’t make sense.