Clive Barker Regains U.S. Hellraiser Rights After Court Battle

Clive Barker Regains U.S. Hellraiser Rights After Court Battle
In a potentially game-changing legal ruling, Clive Barker is set to regain the rights to Hellraiser. Barker, who wrote and directed the 1987 horror classic, had been in a legal battle to regain the rights to his work, not unlike what has been going on with Friday the 13th for several years now. The difference is, Barker has prevailed and is now set to be in control of the future of the franchise, at least in the U.S.

According to a new report, Clive Barker "has successfully leveraged copyright law to recapture the American rights to the franchise." Barker's attorney filed papers in California federal court that confirm a settlement with Park Avenue Entertainment. They are the production company that is currently in possession of the rights to the original Hellraiser. Those rights will now revert to Barker on December 19, 2021.

Hellraiser was based on Clive Barker's novella, The Hellbound Heart.
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