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Joss Whedon, Lionsgate Hit With Copyright Lawsuit Over ‘The Cabin in the Woods’

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With just weeks until Avengers: Age of Ultron, Joss Whedon is now facing a lawsuit accusing him of stealing the idea for the 2012 meta-horror movie The Cabin in the Woods.

Whedon produced and co-wrote the script for Cabin with director Drew Goddard, a writer on Whedon’s Buffy the Vampire Slayer and a fanboy favorite in his own right, with credits that include Netflix’s Daredevil

Whedon and Goddard are named as defendants, along with Lionsgate and Whedon’s Mutant Enemy production company, in the complaint filed Monday in California federal court.

In the complaint, Peter Gallagher claims Whedon and Goddard took the idea for The Cabin in the Woods from his 2006 novel The Little White Trip: A Night In the Pines. He’s suing for copyright infringement and wants $10 million in damages.

Gallagher is basing his claim on the works’ similar premises: Both feature a group of young people terrorized by monsters while staying at a cabin in what is revealed to be (spoiler alert) a horror-film scenario designed by mysterious operators.

Gallagher also alleges similarities between the characters’ names and personalities — his book’s blond Julie and shy Dura and the film’s Jules (Anna Hutchison) and Dana (Kristen Connolly), and handsome and scatterbrained men in both works — and certain scenes involving the characters finding strange items in their respective cabins and discovering hidden cameras.

Gallagher alleges that he “was contacted by multiple credited entertainment industry producers who expressed interest in the Book,” but he doesn’t specify Lionsgate or Mutant Enemy.

More news as it breaks.

Thanks to the Hollywood reporter for the exclusive.

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