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Written by John Squires

After years of development issues, it seems like the next installment in the Friday the 13th franchise is finally on track. Aaron Guzikowski (Prisoners) wrote the script and Breck Eisner (The Crazies) has been tapped to direct, and last we heard, the movie was going to begin filming within the next six months; potentially to be released sometime next year.

But this latest update, well, it’s not exactly good.

THR reports that the rights to the Friday the 13th franchise are at the center of a lawsuit that was just filed by Victor Miller, who wrote the 1980 film’s screenplay. The lawsuit, which will determine who holds the rights and may license new film versions, was filed on Wednesday, and Miller’s hope is to terminate a grant of rights and reclaim ownership of the series. The plaintiffs, Horror, Inc. and the Manny Company, assert that Miller wrote the script as a work-made-for-hire, which would mean that the employer is the true author with no possibility of rights termination.

Miller had never written a horror screenplay prior to his being hired by [Sean] Cunningham and was guided in the process, and directly supervised, by Cunningham,” the plaintiffs assert. “Accordingly, Miller entered into an employment agreement with the Manny Company pursuant to which Miller wrote a screenplay for the Film as a work for hire.”

If Miller wins, the rights termination will take effect on July 2018.

How does this lawsuit impact the future of the Friday the 13th franchise? Only time will tell.

We’ll keep you updated as we learn more.

Friday the 13th 2015