Producer Sean S. Cunningham is serious when it comes to his original movie Friday the 13th. He filed a complaint this past Thursday against Paramount Pictures and Warner Bros. claiming shady accounting and improper compensation of what he considers his franchise.
This compounds another litigation Cunningham has filed against the screenwriter of the original, Victor Miller, who says now that the 35-year hold on the copyright has lifted, he would like the rights reverted back to him. It’s all above board and legal, but there is only one problem; Cunningham says Miller isn’t entitled to the rights since he was an employee, not an independent contractor at the time. Apparently, if that’s true, Miller isn’t entitled to them
For those of you wondering, yes, this court case is the sole reason there hasn’t been another Friday the 13th movie in a long time. Fans might have to wait even longer with this new development against Paramount and Warner Bros.
The Friday the 13th franchise is one of the most popular cash-grabs in the horror genre, grossing over $129 million over the last 40 years. Cunningham, who directed the original, claims “improper deductions of fees and bonuses, undervalued licenses, an underreporting of merchandizing revenue and pay TV income, and on and on,” according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Furthermore, the director, in court documents, claims both studios have edited their financial documents, making it difficult to follow the receipts. Cunningham insists, “withheld documents would reveal that the Pictures’s distribution was structured to inequitably advance the interest of Defendants and favored third parties.”
Warner Bros. and Paramount have not yet responded to Cunningham’s claims.
It’s hard to believe that such an iconic franchise hasn’t had a proper sequel in 18 years while other horror classics such as Halloween and Scream are as relevant as ever. Marcus Nispel’s 2009 remake tried to bring Jason back from the dead but was panned by fans and critics.
Hopefully, Cunningham and Miller can reach an agreement post-haste so Jason can get back to work and horror fans can get back to the theater. Of course, if you’re really thirsty for an F13 film, you can watch Vincente DiSanti’s (unaffiliated) Never Hike Alone, and its sequel Never Hike in the Snow, starring the hockey-masked killer. See below:
Take a look behind the scenes of the upcoming 2021 horror movie The Conjuring 3
iHorror – New Lawsuit Delays Further ‘Friday the 13th’ Movies
Author: Timothy Rawles
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February 1, 2021