Elizabeth Banks and her husband Max Handelman have been hit with a lawsuit, claiming the idea their new film Walk Of Shame was stolen.
According to the complaint filed on May 7 in California, writer Dan Rosen tried to get a screenplay called Darci's Walk Of Shame developed seven years ago. He claims he passed on a draft of his screenplay to a mutual acquaintance of his and Elizabeth's to find out if she was interested in playing the lead role, and later met with the actress and her producer husband.
The lawsuit claimed that "Banks and Handelman retained the screenplay, and never returned any version of it," according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Dan's company Shame On You Productions named Elizabeth, Max, Walk Of Shame writer and director Steven Brill, Focus World, Sidney Kimmel Entertainment, FilmDistrict and Lakeshore Entertainment for "copyright infringement and breach of implied-in-fact contract" in the lawsuit.
He also gives details of alleged similarities between his work and the finished film, which was released in US cinemas and video on demand days ago.
A Lakeshore spokesperson told The Hollywood Reporter: "Lakeshore developed Walk Of Shame independently, prior to casting Elizabeth Banks. We believe this claim is meritless."
Elizabeth stars as a reporter who has to race against time to attend a job interview in Walk Of Shame, which also stars James Marsden.