The New York Daily News reports that a comic writer has sued Adam Sandler and Columbia Pictures, claiming they stole his idea for a hairdresser-turned-hero and transformed it into You Don't Mess with the Zohan.
In a copyright-infringement lawsuit filed on Monday in Manhattan federal court, Robert Cabell charges that the 2008 movie rips off his comic The Hair-Raising Adventures of Jayms Blonde.
Created by Cabell in 2000, Jayms Blonde -- "Secret Agent 69" -- is a Navy SEAL-turned-hairdresser who fights crime armed with a blow dryer. Cabell released the comic online two years later, and offers the book via print on demand.
According to the Daily News, Cabell pitched a Jayms Blonde movie to Columbia in 2007, around the time Sandler began filming Zohan.
You Don't Mess with the Zohan, about an Israeli special-forces operative who fakes his death so he can re-emerge as a hair stylist, grossed more than $100 million at the box office.