Joss Whedon Involded In Lawsuit Over ‘Cabin In The Woods’

A novelist has accused Joss Whedon and director Drew Goddard of stealing the idea for 'Cabin In The Woods'.

A novelist has accused Joss Whedon and director Drew Goddard of stealing the idea for ‘Cabin In The Woods’.

The horror film, which was released a couple of years ago on DVD and won much critical acclaim for its unique twist ending has long been a must have DVD for geeks since its release in 2012.

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 his complaint author Peter Gallagher has claimed that Whedon and Goddard nicked their ideas for the film from his book ‘The Little White Trip: A Night In the Pines‘. Otherwise known as a book with an unnecessarily overlong title. Either way the author is suing for Copyright infringement for the sum of $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.

You can check out Gallager’s complaint in full here.


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