West Richland man suing Lucas, Fox over screenplay

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) -- A lawyer from West Richland is suing film maker George Lucas, 20th Century Fox and others claiming they stole his screenplay for "Red Tails," a movie about the Tuskegee Airmen in World War II.

John Dudley contends in a federal court lawsuit that Lucas, who was an executive producer of the 2012 film, co-writers and the director ripped 80 percent of their movie from a screenplay he'd registered with the Writer's Guild of America in 1998.

That screenplay was also titled "Red Tails," a name used by the African-American fighter pilot group.

The Spokesman-Review reports that Dudley works as an attorney for the federal government. He says he wrote 14 screenplays in the mid-'90s, the last of which was "Red Tails."

No trial date has been set in the case.