This whole story that broke first on The Hollywood Reporter is a bit confusing. If I sum it up it seems like Tony DeRosa-Grund‘s Evergreen Media Group is claiming Warner Bros. is trying to take more stories from the Warren’s case files then they were originally agreed to.
With about $318 million in worldwide box office, Warner Bros had it’s aim to release a sequel to The Conjuring on Oct. 23, 2015. The lawsuit is claiming that Warner Bros was only granted rights on a “very limited, selection of the Case Files – i.e., less than one percent (1%) of the total number of Case Files – and the Warrens’ life stories, in exchange for a purchase price for each theatrical production or use of those select Case Files as well as a crediting and employing Mr. DeRosa-Grund as producer.”
The lawsuit is claiming that not only is Evergreen Media Group not getting any of the $318 million the movie earned, but stories they have no rights to are already in development. The lawsuit says that New Line is developing a film titled Annabelle, based on another Warren case file, as well as The Conjuring 2.
Warner Bros. issued a statement to The Hollywood Reporter maintaining that they are on the right side of the law in all of these allegations. One thing is certain, the fate of these projects in the works will be in the hands of a Texas judge very soon.