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Jason goes to court: Lawsuit erupts over Friday the 13th rights

08.25.2016by: Brennan Klein
Friday the 13th Jason Voorhees Victor Miller

The fate of FRIDAY THE 13TH has been up in the air since the remake came out in 2009, after which the franchise went dormant. However, recent news has shown that there's a chance a new film might go into production this year.

When it rains it pours, and one more roadblock has surfaced for Jason Voorhees' continued adventures. Victor Miller, the screenwriter of the original 1980 film has filed for a termination of his grant of rights, meaning that he wants to reclaim ownership of the property effective July 2018.

The plaintiffs Horror, Inc. and the Manny Company both claim that the script was a work made for hire, an idea created by director Sean S. Cunningham and written according to his intent.

Here's a quote from the complaint:

Miller had never written a horror screenplay prior to his being hired by Cunningham and was guided in the process, and directly supervised, by Cunningham. Accordingly, Miller entered into an employment agreement with the Manny Company pursuant to which Miller wrote a screenplay for the Film as a work for hire (the 'Screenplay').

The complaint is being processed by a federal court in Connecticut, and there's no telling whether or not it will affect the current film rumored to be in production. We'll just have to wait and see how the suit plays out, but it's frustrating that this issue had to arise right when things were looking up for Crystal Lake.

If you are so inclined, you can check out the full complaint RIGHT HERE.

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Extra Tidbit: Who do you think the rights should go to?

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6:24PM on 08/27/2016

being a screenwriter doesnt give you the rights to the characters

or the franchise.... gheesh... if anybody owns Jason its Sean S Cunningham.
or the franchise.... gheesh... if anybody owns Jason its Sean S Cunningham.
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5:14AM on 08/27/2016
Regardless of the lawsuit, Jason Goes To Court where he wreaks havoc in the entire courthouse would be epic!
Regardless of the lawsuit, Jason Goes To Court where he wreaks havoc in the entire courthouse would be epic!
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8:35AM on 08/26/2016

That's a bummer but...

Jason goes to court sounds like an amazing sequel
Jason goes to court sounds like an amazing sequel
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5:14AM on 08/27/2016
My thoughts exactly!
My thoughts exactly!
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7:14PM on 08/25/2016

DJV1985

Hang on, I'm sure I remember a few years back an interview with the original writer and he said that Cunningham had contacted him and said "we want something like Halloween but not Halloween" and that he started writing a few ideas and then ended up writing what became Friday the 13th. I'm positive that happened. It's even in the countless documentaries that've come out over the years.
Hang on, I'm sure I remember a few years back an interview with the original writer and he said that Cunningham had contacted him and said "we want something like Halloween but not Halloween" and that he started writing a few ideas and then ended up writing what became Friday the 13th. I'm positive that happened. It's even in the countless documentaries that've come out over the years.
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