Clive Barker, the writer, and director of Hellraiser (1987), successfully won the franchise’s rights to the U.S. market back under the Copyright Act of 1976’s termination provision. The provision allows authors to recapture rights from publishers after “waiting a prescribed period (usually 35 years for newer works) and sending a notice within a five-year window.” The current production company with rights to the film, Park Avenue Entertainment, had previously put up resistance stating that the original movie “contract was construed under U.K. contract law.” The parties have come to a deal where “Barker will take over the U.S. right on Dec. 19, 2021. No word on which side will take over foreign rights.”

– Excerpt from an article for The Hollywood Reporter by Eriq Gardner. Read the full article here.

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