So you know that new Conan movie that stars the horse guy from HBO’s Game of Thrones? Yea… we enjoyed the shit out of it. No lie. We (or rather I, not sure how the other bastards feel) thought it was just as thrilling and fun as it was gory and violent. Guess I’m the only one to feel this way ’cause it… bombed. Badly. The flick cost 90+ million to make and only earned $10M opening weekend. Suffice to say, those numbers nearly meant the death of Lionsgate. They just have to limp along until March, when The Hunger Games comes out. Which we suspect will greatly fill those empty pockets.
So, Conan gets bludgeoned to the state of unconsciousness by poor box office numbers. Who’s there to kick him while he’s down? Well, Stan “The Man” Lee of course. His company ‘Stan Lee Media’ is reportedly suing the producers of the movie, claiming they still own the rights to the character and were obtained by Nu Image/Millennium Films illegally.
The lawsuit was filed in LA on August 19th, and states that the company’s bankruptcy should have stopped anyone else from purchasing the rights, especially as it’s claimed that a former lawyer for Lee’s company made an illegal deal for the rights to be transferred to Nu Image/Millennium Films, who produced the recent 3D flop. The transfer of Conan is rendered void because back in 2002, “the shares of Conan properties and all other assets of SLMI were part of a bankruptcy estate and protected from unauthorized transfer by the automatic bankruptcy stay.”
Basically, the lawsuit demands restoration of rights over the franchise and full movie profits.
OK, before we start rippin’ on old man Lee (who is busy slipping into senility) for inheriting an 80M debt, you should know ‘ Stan Lee Media’ isn’t being run by Stan Lee anymore. It’s a corporate shell of a company created by Lee that fell apart, which has since sued everyone from Stan Lee himself, Stan’s POW Entertainment, Marvel, Lee’s Wife, and Lee’s Daughter, in attempts to gain control of characters created by Lee.