While Fox’s Empire are busily arranging their props, cameras and lights for the launch of their hit TV series, Empire, Marvin Gaye’s son claims Empire was originally his idea, and he’s planning to sue Lee Daniels and Fox.
According to TMZ, Gaye’s son is claiming he came up with the concept for Empire years ago, and went so far as to register a show, described as a music-based, black version of Dynasty meets The Sopranos, under the name Diamonds & Ballads, with the Writers Guild of America in 2010.
Marvin Gaye III said it was loosely based on the lives of his legendary family and the Berry Gordy family.
He insisted that the idea got to the hands of Lee Daniels via associates who received emails pitching his treatment. His evidence: Daniels having previously called Empire the “black Dynasty” and comparing it to The Sopranos when Fox originally picked up the show.
His lawyer tells TMZ he plans to file a lawsuit against Daniels, Fox and others.
The list of lawsuit trailing Fox’s Empire just keeps getting longer while the lawsuits just keep on coming for Marvin Gaye’s family.