Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Mark Wahlberg, two of the executive producers behind HBO’s hit show Ballers, were hit with a lawsuit in mid-December for allegedly stealing the show’s concept from another project titled Off Season.
On Tuesday, via an amended complaint filed in federal court in California, Everette Silas and Sherri Littleton added $200 million worth of damages to their initial suit, according to Variety.
The publication reports that the lawsuit explains how Ballers borrowed intellectual property from Off Season, including “certain aesthetic elements, including, without limitation, physical appearance of the characters and their vehicles, and plots, scenes, as well as story lines.”
Both Silas and Littleton allege that in 2007, copies of Off Season were shared with Steve Mayer, an executive of IMG Productions, and Chris Albrecht, the acting chief executive officer of HBO at the time. The pair claim that HBO “had direct access to the Materials since its CEO was given a copy of the Materials.”
After premiering on HBO on June 21, 2015, Ballers was renewed for a second season, which is set to air on the primetime network this summer.
SOURCE: Variety | PHOTO CREDIT: Getty