As with any successful franchise, the individual or company holding the rights tends to change hands over time. Friday the 13th, which has over ten films to its brand, is currently undergoing a legal battle to bring the rights back to Friday the 13th‘s screenwriter Victor Miller. According to a lawyer directly involved in the case, however, this will not affect Gun Media’s current game, and current players have no need to worry.
Robert Wyman, the lawyer for the films’ production company, Horror, INC., recently discussed the case with GameRevolution, clarifying that players of the survival horror multiplayer will not see any negative impact on the game during the dispute between Miller and film producer Sean Cunningham. The current court documents, attained from Game Revolution, reveal Miller is seeking the overall rights to the franchise, allowing him to pen further entries. However, Cunningham has disputed the claim, calling Miller’s original script a “work-for-hire,” which would provide no additional creative or financial gain.
Miller’s attempt to attain the rights to Jason Voorhees as a property has raised concerns over how Gun Media and Illfonic might be forced to change the game, as several Jason iterations and popular locales from the films are represented in playable form. Wyman has stressed that if Miller won 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.”
Friday the 13th: The Game definitely doesn’t need extra scandal surrounding it, as the many bug issues and patch problems have plagued the online game since launch. Also, Gun Media recently issued penalties to players breaking the community guideline rules and hacking the in-game mechanics to their benefit. Thankfully, despite the intense negativity, the team has continued to work on upcoming updates, including the hope to add Gloria Charles’ character Fox from Friday the 13th Part 3D and a single-player campaign.