The new WAYANS BROTHERS race comedy White Chicks is at the centre of a legal dispute after a production company in Connecticut claimed they had the initial idea for the film.

Bosses at A SLICE OF PIE PRODUCTIONS claim the film, which has become a surprise summer hit in America, is a rip off of their movie JOHNNY BRONX.

In new court documents, the production company alleges Johnny Bronx was offered to the Wayans as a treatment in 1997. The premise of the film was a fumbling African American FBI agent who "is converted to a white, Italian-American mobster to infiltrate the mafia".

In Keenen Ivory Wayans' new film, which stars his brothers MARLON and SHAWN, two tough detectives transform themselves into white socialites to solve a crime.

The Wayans insist the idea was brother Shawn's, but A Slice Of Pie chiefs claim some scenes in the film were "almost identical" to those in their treatment and they're suing for damages.

07/07/2004 20:51