The screenwriters for box-office turd Leatherheads filed a petition with the Writers Guild of America today demanding that the credits be updated to show the contributions of everyone involved.
“If you saw Leatherhead today you’d think it was written by Duncan Brantley and Rick Reilly,” an attorney for the two said in a statement in Variety. “But in reality George Clooney wrote this piece of dreck. All he kept from my clients was the title and character names. Everything else is all his, and they want that to be reflected.”
While the WGA considers the case, the two have taken the rare step of requesting that the film’s distributor, Universal, change the writing credit for the screenplay to Alan Smithee in solidarity with Clooney.
“It’s unacceptable that he’s not getting top billing,” said a statement. “In fact, he should get sole billing for this unique movie. We don’t want any of the credit at all. None. The more we think about it, the more sure we are that we didn’t write it, either. We think probably our names got put on it by mistake. Yeah, that’s the ticket!”