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Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol grossed more than $600,000 worldwide upon its release in 2011, making it Tom Cruise‘s highest-grossing film of all time and a shot in the arm for the aging franchise. But was it someone else’s idea?

RadarOnline.comhas exclusively learned that screenwriter Timothy Patrick McLanahan is suing Cruise for $1 billion, because he claims he came up with the idea for the movie way back in 1998.

He charged in court documents,

“In 1998, I had written a screenplay called Head On. After submitting it to the U.S. Copyright Office, Head On received a copyright certificate protecting its material and author from unauthorized use.”

McLanahan is suing Cruise and his associates for copyright infringement to the tune of $1 billion: the sum of Ghost Protocol‘s theater ticket sales ($694,710,000), DVD and blue ray sales ($144.5 million), movie rentals and subscription sales and budget ($145 million).

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