*An inmate in Oklahoma has filed a $1 million lawsuit against Jamie Foxx and Tyler Perry, claiming the pair stole his idea for the film “Skank Robbers,” based on a joke trailer of the same name filmed for the BET Awards in 2009 starring Foxx, Perry, and Martin Lawrence … all dressed as women. [Scroll down to watch trailer.]
The BET sketch featured Lawrence’s Sheneneh character from “Martin” and Foxx’s Wanda from “In Living Color” joining forces to rob a bank. According to reports, the project is reportedly in production.
Shamont Lyle Sapp, who says he’s serving time in Oklahoma for 10 bank robberies, has filed a lawsuit claiming he pitched Foxx as well as Tyler Perry – whom he says would be included as Madea – the idea for the film, and they cut him out of the action.
According to the docs, Shamont had the idea to unite the three characters in one film, but his version wasn’t a comedy about bank robbers. It was a drama about a mental hospital.
The lawsuit encapsulates Sapp’s idea: “A male white mental patient takes Madea hostage … He deals with phone calls from the negotiators, as Madea actually pleads for her life in a very sad tear-jerking way … Her pleas are to be very sad. No jokes at all.”
Shamont is also suing Fox Broadcasting and producer David Zuckerman for a total of $4 million in damages.