News: King Fights Back: Stephen King Reclaiming Rights To Numerous Works

With the release of IT hitting next week, the world of Stephen King may be getting a bit brighter for his fans around the world. If this film is as good as it looks to be, we'll most likely end up getting many more revisited versions of his former works that will continue to revitalize his original vision for the adaptations. Now, Mr. King himself is ready to take back the rights to many of his novels and intellectual works of art. Currently, many of his books are in the hands of studios that had previously purchased them to make movies. Today, he has made a formal request to release those properties back to himself. 

In question are the licensing to Cat's Eye, Children of the Corn, Creepshow, The Dead Zone, and Firestarter. While some plans are currently being made to reboot some of these stories for the screen, no other future projects can be made while King petitions to regain the rights. Termination notices have already been sent to the production houses that currently hold the licenses. But due to a statute called the The Sonny Bono Copyright Extension Act, King can take the properties back as of September 1, 2018 and can hold up their plans indefinitely. 

While we're no legal experts, this will probably end up being a long and winding road for King. The studios won't be happy with him trying to pull his own intellectual property from underneath their control. However, it would be cool to know that the creator is back in charge. King has consistently proven that he's not a fan of the system. At long last, he might be able to stick it to the man.

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