The Hollywood Reporter has just published a news article regarding the judgement on Horror Inc/Sean Cunningham vs. Victor Miller (writer Friday the 13th) court case against the Friday the 13th Franchise. At least in round 1 he was won the case. Although it has been already been announced that Horror Inc the plaintiffs are going to do everything they can to fight out the legal battle.
Right now we are not sure what this all means legally for the franchise but we willl keep you updated as new details arrive.
According to THR:
“In a potentially big decision, Friday the 13th screenwriter Victor Miller has prevailed in a legal battle that will help determine the future fate of the franchise.”
“U.S. District Court Judge Stefan Underhill has now granted summary judgment in favor of Miller and against the producers. Unfortunately, his full opinion is under wraps at the moment so it’s impossible to fully analyze the implications of the determination both for the Friday the 13th franchise as well as other screenwriters who may have written works in the early 1980s and may now have hopes of clawing back rights from producers. The decision has been pending for almost a year now, and the uncertainty over ownership has reportedly interfered with new sequels being made as well as derivative works like video games.”
“Miller’s victory also holds the prospect that he will control rights inside the United States while producers control rights outside the domestic market where termination recapture isn’t applied. There also could be fussing over trademarks as well as the character of “Jason.” According to the producers, Miller created a “Jason” character who died as a young boy while it was sequels that presented “Jason” as a living adult monster.”