People Who Tried To Steal Evil Dead Also Attempted Big Trouble In Little China 2

By Kristy Puchko 2012-08-29 07:59:28discussion comments
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Movie fans often rail against the lack of originality inherent in many reboots, remakes, sequels and prequels, but there is something especially insidious about films basically ripped off of original works that belong to someone else. I'm not talking about mockbusters that blatantly steal whole concepts and reproduce them with lesser budgets to attempt to piggy-back off of the success of major releases. (That's a whole different issue.) I'm talking about movies projects from the likes of Award Pictures, that exploit shoddy legal speak to make sequels of films they have no rights to.

In May, we reported how Award Pictures was fighting with Sam Raimi over the rights of Evil Dead. The upstart production company was attempting to stop his reboot while they geared up for production on Evil Dead 4: Consequences. Thankfully, THR reports Raimi has at last won his case, seemingly killing Evil Dead 4 for good. Raimi's reboot of The Evil Dead has recently wrapped, and will rise April 12th 2013.

Shockingly, this is not the first time Award Pictures attempted to make a sequel on a property to which they held no claim. Movie Hole has uncovered that Award Pictures and its shady president Glenn MacCrae were pursuing a sequel to Big Trouble in Little China a few years back. The 1986 action-comedy that stars Kurt Russell as Jack Burton, a tenacious trucker who faces off against mystical enemies in Chinatown, is owned by Twentieth Century Fox flat out. But this didn't stop MacCrae and company from developing More Trouble in Little China, which sees Burton back to defeat Lo Pan once more, after the evil sorcerer has learned "the mysteries of death." Award Pictures went so far as touting their would-be sequel at several conventions before the proposed $75 million picture faded out of existence probably because Fox exerted its copyright.

Frankly, it's impossible to understand Award Pictures' strategy. It seems they look for cult classics that they suspect they can get away with ripping off—also using the original's title and characters—and hope that the rightful owners of these properties won't ever notice. It's such a blatant disregard for copyright law that its hard to believe they could find financing for such ventures let alone win any kind of copyright case that would inevitably arise.
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