Rumour has it a producer behind the movie The Conjuring and New Line Studios are going to court over the television rights for the TITLE of the project.
The Conjuring is based upon some of the experiences of Ed and Lorraine Warren, a pair of paranormal investigators. The film focuses on their investigation of the friendly and not so friendly spirits that apparently haunt a Rhode Island farmhouse belonging to the Perron family.
Producer Tony DeRosa-Grund has been trying to turn this story into a film for a little over twenty years, since Ed Warren showed him a tape from the Rhode Island case. DeRosa-Grund then wrote a storyline, entitled the film The Conjuring. He teamed up with Peter Safran and writers Chad and Carey Hayes.
DeRosa-Grund currently retains the TV and other rights associated with the property and pitched a television series based off the movie for Lionsgate TV, who subsequently bought it.
One problem though, the movie’s gaining a pretty large following during its pre-release period, so New Line has reportedly threatened legal action against DeRosa-Grund and Lionsgate for using the same title for their TV series.
No word from either camp has officially been released on the subject. However, Deadline is reporting that the suit has been filed and both parties are expected to sit with a negotiator sometime in the fall. Who do you think has the official rights to the name of the project? The producer or the studio releasing the film?