Entertainment Hollywood Docket: Disney Gets Favored Turf in ‘Predator’ Rights Fight
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Disney’s 20th Century unit will win the first round in an ongoing battle over franchise rights to the 1987 action film Predator.
On April 15, two dueling suits were filed. First, in San Francisco, Jim and John Thomas — the brothers who wrote the original screenplay —seeking confirmation of successfully recapturing rights under the termination provision of the Copyright Act. Within hours, in Los Angeles, Disney filed its own complaint seeking to hold on to rights.
The case will ultimately turn on, but first comes the determination of where the battle will play out — San Francisco or Los Angeles.
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At a hearing on Thursday, Marc Toberoff, the attorney for the Thomas brothers, explained that he filed in San Francisco because entertainment cases are a “dime a dozen” in L.A. and he didn’t want the case lost among the many suits where plaintiffs are arguing a stolen idea. “We wanted to hear fresh voices,” said Toberoff, aiming to flatter U.S. District Court Judge Laurel Beeler.
The judge was sympathetic, expressing how she’d love to adjudicate the case on the merits. But without making it official, she said she firmly agreed with the other side that this case belonged in L.A., the home of all the parties. Expect a formal order soon.
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