Apr 15, 2015 03:53 PM EST
Joss Whedon and Lionsgate Getting Sued for Copyright Infringement
A lawsuit has been filed against Joss Whedon and Lionsgate by a man who claims that the plot of The Cabin in the Woods film was taken from his book.
Peter Gallagher filed the suit in California on Monday, stating that the film is "virtually identical" to his book The Little White Trip: A Night in the Pines. In the complaint, it states, "Comparing the Book to the Film, the plots, stories, characters, sequence of events, themes, dialogue, and incidents portrayed in the two works are fictional and, in many respects, the elements in the two works are virtually identical". It went on to state, "Like the book, Cabin in the Woods tells the story of five friends (three guys and two girls) between the ages of 17 and 22 who take a trip to a remote cabin in the woods. The cabin's previous inhabitants were murdered by the father of the family, who returns to terrorize the group of friends. In the end, it is revealed that the friends are being filmed and manipulated by persons behind the scenes, thus becoming inadvertent characters in a real-life horror show for the enjoyment of others." Even the two main female characters are named Julie and Dura, just like in his book.
There has been no comment from Lionsgate about the suit, in which Gallagher is looking for damages of approximately $10 million.