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Joss Whedon and Drew Goddard being sued over Cabin In The Woods story

April 15th, 2015 by Marc Comments

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Oh, this isn’t good…

One of our favourite people in the whole world ever, Joss Whedon, is being sued along with co-writer/director Drew Goddard by a self-published writer who claims the duo copied portions of his 2006 novel The Little White Trip: A Night In the Pines for their scary movie The Cabin in the Woods.

Whedon and Goddard are named as defendants, along with Lionsgate and Whedon’s Mutant Enemy production company, in the complaint filed Monday in California federal court.

Writer Peter Gallagher is suing for copyright infringement and wants $10 million in damages as he believes Whedon and Goddard stole his ideas for the movie as detailed below (the full document is here):

– Both feature a group of young people terrorised by monsters while staying at a cabin in what is revealed to bea horror-film scenario designed by mysterious operators.

– Gallagher also alleges similarities between the characters’ names and personalities

– Certain scenes involving the characters finding strange items in their respective cabins and discovering hidden cameras.

Gallagher claims that, when he first published his book he sold it on the Venice Beach boardwalk and on Santa Monica’s Third Street Promenade. “[The defendants] currently reside and operate out of Santa Monica, California, a short distance from where the Book was sold,” the lawsuit claims.

He also says he “was contacted by multiple credited entertainment industry producers who expressed interest in the Book.”

It will be interesting to see what, if anything, comes from this…

Source: THR

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Marc is a self-confessed nerd. Ever since seeing Star Wars for the first time around 1979 he’s been an unapologetic fan of the Wars and still believes, with Clone Wars and now Underworld, we are yet to see the best Star Wars. He’s a dad of two who now doesn’t have the time (or money) to collect the amount of toys, comics, movies and books he once did, much to the relief of his long-suffering wife. In the real world he’s a graphic designer. He started Following the Nerd because he was tired of searching a million sites every day for all the best news that he loves and decided to create one place where you can go to get the whole lot. Secretly he longs to be sitting in the cockpit of his YT-1300 Corellian Transport ship with his co-pilot Chewie, roaming the universe, waiting for his next big adventure, but feels just at home watching cartoons with his kids….

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