America’s most infamous and well-documented case of paranormal activity is shaping up to be a real horror show—in court!
When The Weinstein Company and its horror distribution arm Dimension filed for bankruptcy in the aftermath of the Harvey Weinstein scandal, it threw the futures of many studio-owned properties into question. The ones of most interest (and concern) to horror fans the Hellraiser, Children of the Corn, and Amityville Horror franchises.
The Estate of George Lutz, a.k.a. Amityville Enterprises is fighting to regain control over the property they, obviously, feel a close and personal connection to. It’s a complex situation, to put it mildly, but it has to do with the expiration of rights as they pertain to the release of past Amityville installments. Amityville Enterprises asserts Weinstein ran out of time on their option while the defunct studio is maintaining it’s their asset to action off.
The 2011 agreement grants The Weinstein Co. the option of a sequel, which is to commence filming within 36 months of the initial commercial release of Amityville: The Awakening or 45 months after completion of principal photography — whichever is earlier.
The Lutz family argues that the clock should start with the filming of Amityville: The Awakening — meaning The Weinstein Co.’s rights expired on February 9. The studio also failed to exercise the option to extend the production deadline by another year, at the cost of $125,000.
After The Weinstein Co. filed for bankruptcy, Amityville Enterprises said received notice that Lantern Entertainment or some other bidder would assume rights to future productions. Amityville Enterprises responded that those rights had reverted to the estate of George Lutz, but it’s received no response.
Despite being released in the immediate aftermath of the Harvey Weinstein scandal, and therefore suffering greatly, 2017’s Amityville: The Awakening is a solid franchise entry. It was simply in the wrong place at the wrong time.
The Weinstein Co. delayed the release of [Amityville: The Awakening] for years — ultimately offering it free on Google Play and in a limited, one-day theatrical run in just 10 theaters. Published reports estimated the project brought in a mere $800 versus the $86 million box office for the original film.
You can check out the trailer and synopsis for Amityville: The Awakening 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.