Joss Whedon, Drew Goddard and Lionsgate Face Copyright Infringement Charges

By Acsilyn Miyazaki | 3 years ago
Joss Whedon, Drew Goddard and Lionsgate Face Copyright Infringement Charges
The image shows “The Cabin in the Woods” movie poster.

Drew Goddard,  Joss Whedon and Lionsgate has been accused of stealing idea from a novel author and was confronted by copyright infringement lawsuit in California.

The news came after weeks “Avengers: Age of Ultron” declared box-office victory. Goddard and Whedon were sued accusing both for stealing an author’s idea for “The Cabin in the Woods”, a 2012 meta-horror film.

The Drew Goddard, Joss Whedon tandem was responsible in directing and  producing “The Cabin in the Woods”. This was also Goddard’s directing debut. Drew Goddard, Joss Whedon and Lionsgate were named defendants along with Mutant Enemy productions. The copyright lawsuit was filed in a California federal court on Monday, said The Hollywood Reporter.

The complainant was identified Peter Gallagher who claimed both Joss Whedon, Drew Goddard and the productions companies stole his idea from his novel, “The Little White Trip: A Night In the Pines” written in 2006, when they filmed “The Cabin in the Woods” in 2012.

Gallagher filed copyright infringement with damages claims valued a hefty $10 million. The novel author based his claims as his work has similar premises. Both stories feature a group of youngsters being terrorized by monsters while staying in a cabin. Gallagher also said the names of the characters in his novel and those in the film of Joss Whedon, Drew Goddard sounded alike. He said his book’s characters where named Dura and Julie while the movie’s characters were Dana and Julia. Other similarities included finding hidden cameras inside the cabin for both the book and the film.

The complaint described how Gallagher independently published the novel. It also said that the complainant started efforts to have the book sold in Third Street Promenade in Santa Monica and on the boardwalk of Venice Beach. The lawsuit further claimed that the defendants operate and lives outside Santa Monica, CA which happens to be a short distance from where the book was sold.

Gallagher also claimed contact was made by several credited producers in the industry that showed interest in his novel. However, he did not specify if it was Joss Whedon, Drew Goddard, Mutant Enemy or Lionsgate.

The Hollywood Reporter said reps from Lionsgate declined to comment regarding the lawsuit issue. Meanwhile, contacts were also initiated to both Joss Whedon, Drew Goddard representatives.

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Acsilyn has been a part of the online publishing industry for more than 3 years. Aside from being an online news correspondent, Asha, as she is otherwise known, is also a blogger and an e-book author. She hails from the Philippines where everyday is usually bright and sunny.