"G.I. Joe" screenwriters David Elliot and Paul Lovett claim their ideas for the sequel were snatched, and now they're suing.

Lovett and Elliot have filed a $23 million copyright infringement lawsuit against Paramount, MGM, Hasbro, and production company Di Bonaventura Pictures, along with a "breach of implied contract," according to Deadline.

Deadline reports, "Not long after that film came out, they were requested to put together some ideas for a sequel with the understanding that they would get the scribe gig on the movie if their ideas were accepted."

Lovett and Elliot are claiming that, more than tossing ideas around, they discussed their pitch for the sequel with the producers in person, over the phone, and through email. The complaint, which you can read on Deadline.com, notes that their pitch included "original plotlines, themes, characters, relationships, settings, scenes, sequences, dialogue, mood, pacing and fictional inventions for the Sequel."

"G.I. Joe: Retaliation" opened in March after almost a year's delay -- everyone needs a little more Channing Tatum, although the 3D tweaking is up for debate.

Someone is coming up Snake Eyes. The only question is who.

[via Deadline]

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