This weekend news broke that Warner Brothers is facing yet another lawsuit, thanks to the popular horror franchise, The Conjuring, this time coming from the author of The Demonologist.
Brittle is now seeking nearly a billion consisting of disgorgement of defendants’ profits and trebled damages from the alleged conspiracy — plus any profits from the stock premium that AT&T is paying Time Warner in their merger that is attributable to the franchise and an injunction to stop the release of Annabelle 2 and to prevent any other future films connected to the Warrens from being made.
He says they had no right to ever create these movies, because the Warrens gave him all the rights to make any type of material about their cases.
The author claims The Conjuring, The Conjuring 2 and Annabelle infringe on his exclusive rights to create derivative works based on the Warrens’ cases. He says, in a 1978 agreement for his book, the couple agreed to a no “competing work” provision that is still in effect. Under it, Brittle says, the Warrens aren’t allowed to make or contract any works based on the “same subject” as The Demonologist, specifically their “lives and experiences as paranormal investigators.”
After reading about all of the details of the case, and the points that author, Gerard Brittle, and his lawyer have provided, it seems to me like they are right. Brittle wants to put an end to The Conjuring movies, and their spin offs, but I’m hoping that they can some sort of agreement, so they can continue being made, even though that’s probably a long shot. I for one would be very sad to not see Vera Farmiga, and Patrick Wilson return to their roles as Ed and Lorraine Warren, and miss the stories about them that James Wan brings to the screen.
For more details, you can read The Hollywood Reporter‘s article about it. You can also read Rayzor’s review of The Conjuring HERE, and my review of The Conjuring 2 HERE.