Friday the 13th Rights Go To Original Writer After Lawsuit

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Friday the 13th Rights Go To Original Writer After Lawsuit

Friday the 13th screenwriter Victor Miller has won the domestic rights to the series, which leaves the future of the franchise up in the air.

Friday the 13th screenwriter Victor Miller has won the rights to the original film in a massive lawsuit. Miller wrote the original Friday the 13th back in 1980 and the film became a massive hit and spawned a multimedia franchise. The 12 Friday the 13th films have grossed a combined worldwide box-office total of $468.24 million dollars and even more off merchandise over the years. Despite all that, a massive lawsuit has held up the rights to the film franchise for the last five years.

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In 2016, Victor Miller filed a lawsuit against Friday the 13th producer Sean S. Cunningham for the rights to the franchise. Cunningham tried to get the lawsuit dismissed as he claimed Miller wrote the script on a work-for-hire basis and had no rights to the property, but in 2018 the courts ruled in favor of Miller. Cunningham appealed the ruling and the case has been ongoing ever since, which has stalled development on any future Friday the 13th projects from games to movies, making it the longest gap between entries in the franchise since 2009’s Platinum Dunes reboot.

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