Apparently court will no longer be necessary in the legal battle over Predator. The Jury Trial, originally slated for the 19th of April, has been removed from the docket of the United States Central District Court of California due to both parties coming to an “amicable resolution.”
According to a report by Reuters, Disney’s 20th Century Studios and creators Jim & John Thomas have settled, agreeing to drop their individual lawsuits filed against each other regarding when the Predator original screenplay “Hunter” should revert back to the writers.
The article indicated that Marc Toberoff, attorney for the Thomas Brothers “said in a Wednesday email that the parties had come to an “amicable resolution.””
So what is this amicable resolution? It is hard to be certain, because these newly competing lawsuits were never a battle about if the Thomas Brothers were entitled to get the U.S. copyright back to their “Hunter” screenplay, just a battle over when.
20th Century Studios had previously acknowledged in their lawsuit that Jim & John Thomas were always entitled to get the copyright of their first Predator script back.
Per 20th Century Studios’ original lawsuit filing:
So is this settlement just about the date when the copyright reverts back to the Thomas Brothers? And if so, when is that agreed upon date? Or did the two parties negotiate further than their lawsuit filings and perhaps struck a longterm deal between the studio and writers. Did 20th Century Studios perhaps buy the Thomas Brothers out and will now retain 100% of the Predator rights? It’s all very hard to tell.
We just don’t know the details of the settlement at this point. All we know is the original lawsuits filed by both parties over the “Hunter” copyright termination date have now been dismissed, and this particular termination date dispute has been resolved.
Hopefully more details will be revealed soon. Thanks to SiL for the tip.
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