The man who created The Dukes of Hazzard
-- and how long do you think that took? -- claims in court papers
that those scalawags at Warner Brothers are swindling him out of his share of the profits for the 2005 Dukes
FREEZE FRAME. WAYLON JENNINGS VOICE-OVER: "I don't know 'bout you, but that sounds miiiiiighty complicated." BANJO RIFF.
It warrants mentioning that the lawsuit is 17 pages long -- likely far longer than any Dukes
script. And it involves a bit more back and forth than the show's average plot line: Boss and Rosco launch a scheme, Luke and Bo jump a car, Uncle Jessie says "Now, see here, J.D.," Daisy Duke wears Daisy Dukes, Luke and Bo jump a car, Boss and Rosco continue to scheme, and Luke and Bo save the day -- by jumping a car. If you had combined Dukes
with The Streets of San Francisco
, by the way, you'd have had the best car-jumping show of all time. In fact, jumping a 1969 Dodge Charger
over Karl Malden's nose
sounds like the equation for quality television to me. (An aside: On the ad above, note that "General Lee: The Car" is given higher billing than the actors playing Bo and Luke Duke.).
What's the suit about? For the sake of brevity, it's about spin-offs. Warner Bros. claims the 2005 movie (awful, even with low expectations -- how was Ashton Kutcher not involved in this film?) is a "spinoff," meaning it owes Waldron a certain percentage of the pie. He claims it is not
a spinoff, and Warner Bros. owes him more.
The suit, filed this week in state district court, will either be adjudicated legally -- or may be settled out of court if Warner Bros. officials attempt to hurl incriminating documents into a local pond, but Luke and Bo catch the documents in midair while jumping the General Lee over the pond.
FREEZE FRAME. WAYLON JENNINGS VOICE-OVER: "I don't know 'bout you, but it looks like things is gettin' back to normal 'round here." BANJO RIFF.