After battling it out with Robin Thicke and Pharrell over “Blurred Lines,” the Gaye family is ready to collect coins from another well known individual in the entertainment industry.
Gaye’s son, Marvin Gaye III is planning to sue Empire creator Lee Daniels, as he says the show was his idea and brainchild. Marvin is claiming that he registered a treatment for a show called Diamonds & Ballads (aka Those Sons of Riches!) in 2010 through the Writers Guild of America. The treatment of the show describes a family in the music industry–”a music based ‘black’ and ‘hip’ version of ‘Dynasty’–with a little Sopranos.” Gaye is said to have shopped around the show to a number of TV execs but was turned down. He now believes people that Lee Daniels is associated with may have received emails regarding the treatment he pitched, which was loosely based on the lives of his family and the Berry Gordy family. Now, Gaye wants in on the coinage Empire has raked in.
Gaye also recalls Daniels saying, “I wanted to make a black Dynasty,” back in 2014 after the show gained its success. He also mentions that Lee said Empire was similar to The Sopranos, supposedly the same words that were used to describe Gaye’s treatment.
According to TMZ, Gaye’s lawyer says that he is plans to file a lawsuit against Daniels, Fox network and others associated in the matter. “We understand that three things can’t be hidden for long: the Sun, the Moon and the Truth!” the lawyer said.