While this is just a drop in the bucket of legal woes facing The Weinstein Company in the aftermath of sexual assault allegations against Harvey Weinstein, it’s nonetheless another annoyance for the floundering studio. Word came down earlier this week that the company is being sued over the release of Amityville: The Awakening, the latest in a string of loosely connected films that comprise a franchise.
The plaintiff is Lesia Anson, widow of Jay Anson, author of the 1979 novel The Amityville Horror, upon which the 1979 classic horror movie was based. While the charges aren’t clear, Anson clearly feels Awakening overstepped its bounds and took unwanted liberties (well, that at least sounds like familiar Weinstein behavior.)
Lesia Anson says the sequel is derived directly from her husband’s novel and the 1979 film, both of which her husband created. She says the 2017 sequel — “Amityville: The Awakening” is “a cinematic mess and received dreadful reviews.” She goes on to say it suffered one of the worst opening weekends of all times, grossing $742 from 10 theaters. She says TWC never even approached her for permission … they just ripped her off.
Hey now, not everyone hated Amityville: The Awakening; you can check out my review below.
Official Synopsis: A single mother (Jennifer Jason Leigh) moves into a new home with her three children, but the miraculous recovery of her previously comatose teenage son (Cameron Monaghan) leads to a series of sinister events that leave the frightened family fighting for their lives. Bella Thorne and Kurtwood Smith co-star.
In Amityville-adjacent lawsuit news, Warner Bros is facing its own litigation with The Conjuring franchise and up to $900M on the line. That lawsuit was filed by author Gerald Brittle who wrote a book about Ed and Loraine Warren, released in 1980, called The Demonologist. As part of the book’s release, the Warrens signed a contract that barred them from using any case files discussed within for future entertainment projects, including books, films, and television shows. You can read all about that case by following the link below.