For the longest time, FRIDAY THE 13th has been in legal limbo and fans are the ones really feeling it.
We haven’t been able to get any new official FRIDAY THE 13th content, hell they even had to stop updating the immensely popular video game that was a huge fan favorite because of the battle between Miller and Cunningham. But it looks like there may be some kind of decision next year.
Last year a judge ruled that FRIDAY THE 13th screenwriter Victor Miller is the sole owner of the original screenplay in the US and the film’s director Sean Cunningham has been trying to have the decision flipped in courts. There is still argument that Miller wrote the screenplay as a “work for hire” and should never have been able to gain the rights to the screenplay at all.
The trial judge ruled that the rights go to Miller after all, because of the Copyright Act’s termination right, which allows authors to regain rights to work they signed over to a company, something that Cunningham and Horror Inc are hoping changes very soon.
Most people have been kept up to date on the back and forth from copyright lawyer Larry Zerner who played Shelly in FRIDAY THE 13th Part 3 and even was the reason Jason got his iconic mask. He said that there may be a potential resolution middle of 2020.
Update in Horror, Inc. v. Miller (#Fridaythe13th case). The 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals has proposed oral arguments for the week of February 10th, 2020.
This means there will probably be a decision by June 2020.
— Larry Zerner (@Zernerlaw) November 22, 2019
We are still a long way from more Jason camper killing goodness but hopefully this the first step in the right direction so Mrs. Voorhees’ baby boy can begin the slaughter at Camp Crystal Lake once more.
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