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Screenwriter of the original “Road House” sues Amazon Studios and MGM over copyright claims related to the remake

The remake of the cult classic Road House has hit a legal roadblock as the screenwriter of the original film has filed a lawsuit against the production studios involved. Lance Hill, the screenwriter of the 1986 Road House film, has alleged that Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) Studios and its parent company Amazon Studios ignored his attempts to reclaim the rights for the screenplay he wrote under the pen name David Lee Henry.

Road House Screenwriter Claims Copyright Infringement

Road House - Official Trailer
Road House – Official Trailer

As per reports from CBS, according to the filing with the United States Central District Court in Los Angeles, Hill had filed a petition with the U.S. Copyright Office in 2021, requesting that the copyright returned to him after the previous claim by United Artists was set to expire in November 2023.

The lawsuit further contends that Amazon ignored Hill’s claims and continued with the film’s production, allegedly using artificial intelligence to replicate the voices of actors during the lengthy SAG-AFTRA strike last year as the project’s completion date deadline loomed.

The lawsuit contends that Amazon ignored Hill’s claims of copyright expiration and continued with the film’s production. It alleges that Amazon used artificial intelligence to replicate actors’ voices during the lengthy SAG-AFTRA strike last year as the project’s completion date deadline approached. The lawsuit states that the film was not actually finished until January, which is months after the claimed copyright expiration date in November 2023.

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Seeking Relief and Halting Distribution

Road House - Official Trailer
Road House – Official Trailer

The suit seeks declaratory relief and aims to block the distribution of the film. Amazon gained the rights to Road House when they acquired MGM in 2021, thus obtaining the media company’s library.

The remake is slated to launch on Amazon Prime Video on March 21, starring Jake Gyllenhaal and UFC star Conor McGregor. The original film, which starred the likes of Patrick Swayze and Sam Elliott, garnered a cult following over the years.

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