Original TERMINATOR Writer Files for Copyright Ownership


One of the screenwriters of the original Terminator film has filed a copyright termination notice against Warner Bros., Disney, and Skydance Media for copyright ownership of the film's original script, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Gale Ann Hurd, who is credited as a screenwriter on Terminator alongside the film's director James Cameron, is seeking ownership of the script's copyright under provisions of United States copyright law that allow the originators of a work to obtain ownership of it after a certain term - in this case, 35 years.

Under the Termination of Copyright Notice, Hurd could be granted 50% ownership of the Terminator franchise alongside Cameron, and both would have to authorize further creation of Terminator films starting in November 2020.

Hurd's notice follows that of screenwriter Victor Miller, who successfully obtained ownership of the copyright for Friday the 13th, for which he penned the original screenplay.

Hurd's motion is one of a wave of motions aimed at bringing films rights back to the original screenwriters; the writers of Beetlejuice, Who Framed Roger Rabbit?, and Die Hard are all following suit.

THR notes that international copyright law, which has different terms and statutes than U.S. law, could complicate the proceedings.

A new Terminator film, Terminator: Dark Fate, is due out November 1.

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