Joss Whedon and Lionsgate were hit with a copyright lawsuit over the 2012 horror movie “The Cabin in the Woods.” Peter Gallagher, who wrote the 2006 novel “The Little White Trip: A Night In the Pines,” accused the ‘ Avengers: Age Of Ultron’ director and ‘”The Cabin in the Woods” director Drew Goddard of stealing his idea.
According to The Hollywood Reporter , weeks before the opening of “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” Joss Whedon, who produced and co-wrote the script for “The Cabin in the Woods” with Drew Goddard, who was a writer for “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” and Netflix’s “Daredevil,” along with Lionsgate and Whedon’s Mutant Enemy production company, were named in the copyright complaint filed Monday in California federal court.
Peter Gallagher is suing for copyright infringement and wants $10 million in damages.
Gallagher claims the film and book have similar premises, a group of people terrorized by monsters while staying at a cabin that are designed by outside operators.
Gallagher claims there are similarities between the characters’ names and personalities.
According to the complaint, there a grand total of 25 direct similarities between his book and the movie..
Joss Whedon created “Buffy The Vampire Slayer,” the popular supernatural TV series that starred Sarah Michelle Gellar as an alternative to the usual frightened female found in horror films, the kind who trip on the high-heeled shoes and spend most of their time on-screen screaming.Whedon was discovered by Roseanne Barr who hired him as a writer on her ground-breaking TV sitcom “Roseanne.”