In January, the Fox network aired a new series entitled ‘Empire’. This primetime soap opera seemed to be just fans were waiting for. Empire chronicles the life of Lucious Lyon, an ex-street dealer turned family man; or so it seems. Lucious still has connections with his former life and will do whatever he can to hold onto him. The balancing act becomes more difficult as Lucious juggles his jailbird ex-wife being released from prison with training to reign in his three sons. While his family struggles with court dates, paternity drama, mental illness, and the hand of the law, Lucious must do everything he can to hold onto his Empire. Now the makers of the show might being have the same fight to hold on.
James Dondero said there are proceedings in the works brought on by one California man who wants a piece of the Empire. Ron Newt claims that ‘Empire’ is an identical copy to his book and script for his original piece “Bigger than Big”. Malcolm Spellman, Terrence Howard, Danny Strong, Lee Daniels, ‘Empire’, Rupert Murdoch/Fox Broadcasting are all in hot water over the incident. Newt plans to take down each and every one of them. When he was asked what did he see imitated from his book and put into the television show, Newt didn’t hesitate to showcase his seemingly long list. Everything from the style of hats that the shows main female character wears to the type of coats that Lucious wears.
The shows character ‘Cookie’ apparently takes after Newt’s character ‘China Doll’. Newt isn’t backing down easily. The author is suing the Fox team for a combined 1 billion dollars. Proceedings in the next few months will determine if Newt has leverage to proceed to trial.