Thomas brothers settle copyright lawsuit with Disney over Predator rights

in the same vein as Friday the 13th and the Hellraiser franchises the Predator franchise has caught in its own legal battle, with Disney having acquired the franchise as part of their 20th Century Fox acquisition but the writers of the original movie suing in an effort to recapture the rights.


As we reported in April 2021, Jim and John Thomas, the brothers who wrote the 1987 action film Predator, filed a lawsuit against Disney seeking confirmation of successfully recapturing rights to the franchise.

Several reports this week have stated that the copyright dispute between Disney and the Thomas brothers has been dropped:

“according to a Wednesday filing in Los Angeles federal court. The dismissal follows a December notice that the parties had settled their claims over James and John Thomas’ attempt to reclaim their share of Disney’s rights in their screenplay.”

This “amicable resolution” means that Disney will have no issues going forward with Predator projects in the future.

The fifth installment in the Predator franchise Prey directed by Dan Trachtenberg will be a prequel to the other films in the franchise, and will showcase a Predator and his first journey to Earth.

The film will be release on Hulu during the summer 2022.


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