THE producers of The Expendables were last night facing a legal challenge from the parents of the film’s screenwriters.
The star-studded movie, billed as ‘the goodies have big guns and they fite baddies and there is exploshuns and it is good’, is set to be a box office smash.
But a group of angry parents is threatening to sue producers Millennium Films claiming they had no idea their children were working on the $80m feature.
Nikki Hollis, stepmother of 11-year-old writer Kyle Stephenson, said: “We thought he was coming home late because of school badminton club.
“But then I found what turned out to be the final draft of the script in his PE kit. It was a single page of doodles in bright orange crayon with the occasional use of the words ‘boom’ and ‘aaaaaargh’.
“I have to say, it was poor, even for an 11 year-old.”
She added: “I confronted him and discovered that he was being picked up from school by a limousine, taken to Heathrow and flown to LA for high-pressure script meetings with twitchy fat men in Hawaiian shirts.
“I don’t mind him writing a high-octane action adventure if that’s what he wants to do, but they should have let us know where he was.”
An industry insider said: “Most big budget movies are now written by children or animals. The Wedding Planner was scripted by a particularly stupid horse that pointed its hoof at a selection of six images in exchange for some beetroot.”
Expendables director Sylvester Stallone is understood to be a fan of child writers because when he is with them he gets to be the second or third tallest person in the room.
The summer blockbuster features every action star of the last century, from Steven Seagal to the ghost of Norman Wisdom.
Film fan Roy Hobbs, 42, said: “I liked the exploshuns. Them was loudy bang-bang good.”