While a new project around the Predator franchise is in development, the writers of the original 1987 film are taking legal action against Disney to recover the rights to the saga.
Last November, we learned that Dan Trachtenberg, director of 10 Cloverfield Lane, was going to direct a new episode of the Predator saga. The alien with the dreadlocks and the lucky face should indeed return to the big screen after the controversial episode released in 2018!
Today, The Hollywood Reporter reveals that the writers of the original 1987 film Jim and John Thomas are suing Disney to reclaim the rights to their baby.
Indeed, the Predator franchise has passed under the aegis of Mickey since the takeover of 20th Century Fox by the firm with the big ears.
The Thomas brothers are trying to enforce a law on copyright, allowing them to regain control of the latter after a period of 35 years.
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The original screenplay, titled Hunters, sold in 1986 to Fox, will reach this deadline on April 17. Disney could therefore lose the rights to exploit the saga to the benefit of the Thomases, who have been fighting since 2016 in order to recover them.
A standoff is therefore being set up between the Disney juggernaut and the original authors of Predator. Will this affect the new opus that Dan Trachtenberg is to make? We will know more very soon, depending on the outcome of the lawsuits.
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