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Mark Wahlberg & The Rock — Sued for Stealing 'Ballers'

1218-wahlberg-johnson-hbo-tmz-01Mark Wahlberg, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and HBO just got sued for intercepting the idea for their show “Ballers.”  

According to a lawsuit filed in federal court, Everette Silas and Sherri Littleton say they had the idea for a project called “Off Season” back in 2007.

They claim they were close to a deal in 2009 to work with Wahlberg, Johnson and their manager to develop the project … but it fell apart when Silas and Littleton insisted their names remain under “Created By” in the credits. 

Silas and Littleton claim “Off Season” and “Ballers” share several similarities, including:

– Both are about football players and their lives off-field 
– Both set in Miami
– Both center around African-American athletes

That last one doesn’t seem that unique — still, the “Off Season” folks say even the title “Ballers” is ripped from one their episode titles.

Silas and Littleton are seeking unspecified damages.

A rep for HBO tells TMZ, “We are confident the case has no merit.”

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