So, are Freddy and Jason getting together for another monumental big screen fight? Errrr, no not exactly – this time the two horror icons are both embroiled in separate legal disputes and if that doesn’t get you thinking of Freddy shouting ‘Objection…bitch’ then there must be something wrong with you!
As you probably all know by now the Friday the 13th series is locked in a bitter dispute between Sean S. Cunningham and Victor Miller (the screen writer of the original movie) where the latter is attempting to gain back the rights to the original screenplay. That particular dispute has been a very protracted affair and shows no signs of being resolved just yet.
However, what you may not know is that A Nightmare on Elm street has gone down the same route although this one seems to have been resolved quickly and quietly with the rights to the original A Nightmare on Elm Street reverting back to the estate of the late, great Wes Craven.
The law regarding writers claim to the rights of the movies they pen is that after 35 years the rights which may have previously belonged to a movie studio can now revert back to the original writer, thus giving them control of that movie or franchises future, in the United States at least. The problem with the Friday the 13th lawsuit is that Sean Cunningham claims that Victor Miller was just a pen for hire as opposed to Wes Craven who created, wrote and directed A Nightmare on Elm Street.
Quite what this means for the future of A Nightmare on Elm street is a little unclear at the moment but perhaps the fact that the rights to this franchise reverted to Wes Craven’s estate quickly and quietly gives us all more hope that maybe another movie could be in the works over the next few years although who would be writing and directing such a film is not known at present.
Personally, I hope the urge to produce another reboot/remake is resisted as I’m sure that a more original film could be made from the characters created in A Nightmare on Elm Street even if the original sequels end up getting deleted a la Halloween 2018. Surely Robert Englund deserves a proper send off too? Even if he’s not Freddy then surely there could be a cameo for him? Time will tell.