The ‘Friday the 13th’ Legal Battle Drags Out Further, as Sean Cunningham Has Filed a Notice of Appeal



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 was a big victory for Miller that Cunningham had a limited amount of time to respond to. Horror, Inc. could 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.

As we told you earlier this week, Cunningham had until October 31st to file a Notice of Appeal. Zerner explained, “If no Notice is filed, then they made a deal. If not, the fight continues (for now).” Unfortunately, it’s looking the fight will continue, as the Notice of Appeal was filed today.

Zerner tweets, “Well, Sean didn’t wait the full 30 days to file the Notice of Appeal, which I would take to mean that Sean and Victor are not close to reaching a settlement.”

What does this mean? The battle rages on, with no clear end in sight. Sigh.


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