Earlier this month, Friday the 13th writer Victor Miller won a lengthy legal battle against director Sean Cunningham and his Horror, Inc., with the judge ruling that Miller is indeed entitled to ownership rights in regards to the original film’s script. What this means for the character of adult Jason Voorhees, who didn’t actually appear until the sequels were made, remains to be seen, but it’s a big victory for Miller that Cunningham now has a limited amount of time to respond to. Horror, Inc. can either settle with Miller or appeal the ruling.
As entertainment lawyer/Friday the 13th Part III star Larry Zerner recently explained, “So, what happens next? Horror Inc. could appeal, but that will be at least 2 and more likely 3-4 years of waiting for a resolution. Also, IMHO, the chance of Horror winning on appeal is poor. If Horror doesn’t appeal, then it has to make a deal with Victor in order to make a new movie. Victor only owns the U.S. rights to the original movie. Horror owns the foreign rights to the first movie and to all the other movies.”
He added, “Hopefully, Victor and Sean will work something out and get moving on a new F13 movie ASAP.“
Providing an update today, Zerner lets us know that Sean Cunningham only has until October 31st (yes, literally Halloween day… go figure!) to file a Notice of Appeal. “If no Notice is filed, then they made a deal,” Zerner explains. “If not, the fight continues (for now).”
Needless to say, we’re waiting with baited breath to see what happens next.
For those of you wondering about what’s next in the #FridayThe13th lawsuit (Horror v. Miller), Sean has until October 31 (irony alert) to file a Notice of Appeal. If no Notice is filed, then they made a deal. If not, the fight continues (for now).
— Larry Zerner (@Zernerlaw) October 17, 2018