Lawsuit Filed Over Pirates of the Caribbean Plunder

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Come on, mateys, isn't there enough treasure to go around? Apparenrly, a Hollywood screenwriter is suing, well, everyone, involved with Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl. has the report and states that Royce Mathew claims he "created and wrote a number of original works including drawings, screenplays, outlines, blueprints, storyboards and other original materials" in the 80s and 90s, which he "generally entitled "SNPM," standing for 'Super Natural Pirate Movie.'"

Captain Jack Poster

Hey, Royce, we ALL drew pictues of pirates as kids. But you don't see us filing any suits!

According to documents filed in the United States District Court, Central District of California, Royce alleges he created "various drawings depicting his pirate ship, which he named the Black Pearl, and an original design for a 'medallion,' both of which are are central elements of his screenplay." Royce says he registered the drawings and his screenplay with the U.S. Copyright Office.

There are other similiaries, Mr. Bitter Guy says. The screenplay evidently contained a blacksmith/swordsman named Will Turner, an eccentric pirate captain and a unique cursed crew whose nature was revealed only in the moonlight.

Of course, Johnny Depp has been quoted numerous times as claiming he invented Jack Sparrow's mannerisms, none of which were in the original script. And, remember, you can also trust a dishonest man to be dishonest.

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I am an independent artist/film maker. As documented, I sued the Walt Disney Company, Jerry Bruckheimer Inc./films, Ted Elliott and Terry Rossio in Federal Court in regards to the Pirates of the Caribbean movie. I have a website with details & photo proof. I welcome all communications - my email address is on my website. Royce Mathew