“Predator” Writers Sue Disney Over Rights

Originally published on Dark Horizons by Garth Franklin

Brothers Jim and John Thomas, the pair who wrote John McTiernan’s iconic 1987 sci-fi action classic “Predator,” have filed a lawsuit against Disney.

THR Esq reports that they seek confirmation of successfully recapturing rights to the franchise, but Disney’s 20th Century Studios unit has hit back – filing its own suit against the brothers with the goal of retaining rights.

Essentially the Thomas brothers are seeking to exploit copyright law’s termination provision, which allows authors to cancel transfers after waiting a period of time – usually 35 years for newer works.

According to the complaint, the effective termination date for their screenplay is this Saturday (April 17th) and the pair say they served a termination notice all the way back in 2016 and

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