There has been some dispute as of late in regards to who has the rights to the Friday the 13thfranchise, with screenwriter Victor Miller arguing that the rights are his, indicating that he would be responsible for any future entries in the horror franchise. That said, some players have been concerned in regards to how this lawsuit could very well affect Gun Media’s Friday the 13th: The Game.
But a lawyer directly involved with the case has just noted that players, nor the development team at Gun Media, don’t have any reason to be concerned. They noted that there will be no negative impact on the game with the dispute, which is between film producer/director Sean Cunningham and Miller. While Miller does want the overall rights to the franchise, it’s noted that if he wins the case, he “would not own the Jason character as he has come to be known and loved and feared. He did not create the title and so would not have the right to control its use.”
The dispute between the two parties, though, has been on the vicious side, with Cunningam noting that Miller’s original script is a “work-for-hire” effort, and doesn’t really have any tie-in to creative or financial gain.
That’s good news for the game, as it’s already seeing a bunch of issues with its ongoing patches to resolve online issues, as well as Gun Media trying to adapt a system that can help lock out players that are working more on the cheating side. There have been many requests in the community to get that done, but a final solution hasn’t been figured out yet.
But at least Gun Media is keeping up with updates on the game, and, hopefully, we’ll see these resolutions sooner rather than later. For now, players can still jump in and enjoy it, without needing to worry about any legal actions from this lawsuit. We’ll keep you updated on what the developer adds next to the game, as well as what improvements to look out for.