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…