HOT HEAT ‘EXCLUSIVE’ WAS ICE CUBE MOVIE “LOTTERY TICKET” STOLEN FROM THE NOVEL “FIRST ROUND LOTTERY PICK”

Many book readers are quite familiar with the Atlanta bestselling author, Franklin White from his works such as: Fed Up With The Fanny, Cup of Love, (my favorite) Potentially YoursTil Death Do Us Part, Money For Good, and His new release, Joy & Pain. What one may not be familiar with is White’s ongoing battle with Warner Bros. Entertainment, Inc., Alcon Entertainment, LLC and Ice Cube’s film company, Cube Vision. It seems that Cube’s comedy movie, Lottery Ticket, may have actually been taken from White’s 2005 “First Round Lottery Pick“.

White talked to Nik Dace and “The Heat” offering this…

HEAT: What do you say to people who might say your allegation is a hoax to sue these companies? You ‘are’ going up against some pretty heavy hitters.

White: Anytime anyone especially writers, take a huge amount of their time, secluded to create a story with characters and have those characters living not only with them for a period of time until they are finished with their journey, know their characters and storyline inside out. All the facts of our allegations are with their attorneys and they are as clear as day.

HEAT: This has been going on for awhile now. What keeps you motivated to stay the course?

White: Just knowing that what we have presented and all ready proven is true. But what has been kind of mind blowing, is the sense of entitlement of those who feel they can infringe on material that has been out for years without permission- on the premise they have made movies or TV sitcoms before and don’t have to be accountable to anyone (particularly writers) for their own benefit- that’s not how the process works.

HEAT: Wow, we understand there are over 40 alleged infringements through the storyline, characters and even dialog in the movie that you can direct exactly to the pages in your novel.

White: “That’s right-for example, from the start where all three main characters, two males and one female who are the best of friends, stroll through the projects, in the morning and run into someone ruthless they wanted to avoid, all the way through to the part of the movie, where a park is dedicated to the community on the basketball court near the end and I haven’t even mentioned the similarities of both main and secondary characters. What’s the probability of that-I can see a few similarities of projects but over forty of them? I wrote a book about serious issues in the community, shared it with a producer and it was adapted into a comedy.”

THE HEAT has obtained the official Press Release

Press Release

Franklin White, a nationally recognized bestselling author with twelve novels whose publishers include Simon & Schuster, Kensington Publishing Corporation and Blue Black Press has sent a demand letter and placed on notice Warner Bros. Entertainment, Inc., Alcon Entertainment, LLC, Cube Vision, Inc. and screenwriter Abdul Williams concerning the infringing use of significant portions of his novel First Round Lottery Pick in the motion picture “Lottery Ticket” (the “Film,” U.S. Copyright registration March 16, 2011, PA0001723451). Mr. White wrote First Round Lottery Pick (the “Book,” U.S. Copyright registration TX000715659, in 2005 published by Blue Black Press. White sent a copy of his novel First Round Lottery Pick to Matt Alvarez, President of Cube Vision, Inc and a producer of the film. (years before, Dave Hebenstreit of Cube Vision had requested a copy of a screenplay Mr. White had written; a hip-hop musical in which Cube Vision passed). White is in possession of the cover letter, as well as the USPS Express Mail label reflecting confirmed delivery of the book First Round Lottery Pick to Cube Vision in 2009. It’s important to note, the writer of Lottery Ticket, Abdul Williams prior work history includes adaptation of novels to screen before being assigned the script for Lottery Ticket.
In 2011, Atlanta attorney Rob Hassett sent a demand letter to Warner Bros. Entertainment, Inc., Alcon Entertainment, LLC and Cube Vision, Inc. concerning the infringing use of significant portions of White’s Book in the motion picture “Lottery Ticket”. He received no response to the letter, and entertainment attorney Alan Clarke of Alan S. Clarke & Associates will pursue Mr. White’s claim in federal court.

Although Mr. White’s novel concerns an Urban Drama; concerning a young man along with his male and female friends living in the projects, who is selected as a first round basketball lottery pick, who is forced to deal with his new fame and fortune among those still striving to survive. The Film concerns a comedy in which a young man along with his friends whose life-changing experience comes from lottery winnings forced to deal with his new fortune among those still confined to the projects. It is clear upon a cursory review that characters, plot, dialogue, actions and scenes of the screenplay were derived from the Book. The word “lottery” does not have the same meaning in the two works and is not a key element of White’s claim; the specific plot details, dialogue, setting and characters are the foundation for the infringement claim. Forty-two (42) scenes, passages along with dialog, including ideas were taken from the Book and used in the screenplay and Film which White will be seeking damages.

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One of the hardest working women in the Entertainment business today! From Music Video Producer to Script Writer to Author to Personal Life Coaching to now Senior Editor Entertainment and New Artist for The Heat, this girls got game! If it's worth working on, she's on it! Talented, Intelligent, and Sexy, yeah, you get it all in her! You got a story to tell, she has an ear to listen and the skills to put the pen to paper! "I see your lips moving but ain't nothing coming out! Shut-up and start walking, talking gets you know where". Wanna get your skills and talent seen by the world, holla at cha'girl at cnikdace@theheatmag.com or nik.theheatmag@gmail.com


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16 Responses to HOT HEAT ‘EXCLUSIVE’ WAS ICE CUBE MOVIE “LOTTERY TICKET” STOLEN FROM THE NOVEL “FIRST ROUND LOTTERY PICK”

  1. Talkdatishgirl says:

    As a fellow Author/screenwriter i am very disgusted by this and I hope he gets his moneh. So wromg. Should have just paid him for the idea. Damn greedy asses!

  2. TAMHARRIS says:

    Wow! I thought about this when I was watching the movie but I just blew itoff because it was a quick thought and the movie was a comedy and the book wasnt.. FW is one of my favorite authors and I loved this book. You are right, so wrong on so many levels!

  3. Big3 says:

    Damn Cube! Whas really goin on!

  4. panthergurl says:

    Why do people do this! Same thing happened with the author who wrote the book and they made The GAME. He really needs to sue them.

  5. shedropsit says:

    Hot mess! Ice Cube you are a business man now what are you doin. SMH…

  6. staci-c says:

    I see this movie on HBO al the time doesnt seem right. I am almost finished with writing my book and this is one of the reasons I have been hesitant to tell anyone about it or share. I know this authors work Money For Good is one of my favorites. If they don’t care about jacking his work what do you think they will do to someone who doesnt know any better?

  7. 1fullofswag says:

    I believe this, cause it happens in music too. I would be pissed just be ready to pay up and stop being so greedy.

  8. SHERRI WILLIAMS says:

    I am sure this movie made enough money to pay the author the right way now they are going to have to pay more. Stupid move if you ask me.

  9. kcballer says:

    @panthergurl same thing happened with The Game. If I had the money to mak movies I wouldn’t be stealing othe peoples ish. What’s the point? Probably didn’t think they were going to get caught.

  10. LONDONGURL says:

    I thot Ice Cube was doing his thing with movies. What would have made him tarnish hiss brand? Doing the right thing is easier man. No respect.

  11. TamFrost says:

    Stop it all ready! People grind to hard to just have work stolen. I didn’t know this happened with The Game? How is he going to explain having the same things in the movie as the book.

  12. allwaysread4it says:

    I read Franklin Whites book Fed Up with the Fanny way bac in the day! It was the first book that I ever read all the way through and he has been one of my favs ever since. I read First Round too, I believe this happened and I hope that he doesnt let them get away with this.

  13. Richale says:

    That is messed up… Franklin White is my favorite authors and also one of my good friends.. I’m angry that he has done like this… They need to be sued.

  14. Traci Thompson says:

    When I saw the movie, i knew that something seem real familiar about it and something that I’d either seen or read…. Now I know. Just like the Matrix movie. Guess copyrights don’t mean nothing now days… smh

    • Traci Thompson says:

      It’s just a shame that it has to be someone who knows about pirating and how it effects the income of the artist. If you run out of stuff to make movies about, then it’s time for you to choose another career instead of stealing someone else blood, sweat and tears.

  15. Chaka M. Chandler says:

    I have worked in entertainment industry for along time. It upsets me to find that the practice of taking credit for work that is not your still goes on. I really hope we can stop people from stealing and they can give credit to the people who work hard everyday to feed there fam!! It’s hard enough when you can’t get paid for what’s yours.. I hope justice will be served!!!

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