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Ghost Rider Rights Could Revert To Creator Gary Friedrich

Posted By: Matt McGloin
Tue, 06/11/2013 - 17:14


It recently became known that the movie rights to Ghost Rider recently returned to Disney and Marvel Studios - now it all makes sense.

Of course, possibly unrelated, but the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals just overturned a previous decision by a lower court that said the rights to Ghost Rider are owned by Marvel.

The new ruling offers a shot that Ghost Rider creator Gary Friedrich could get the rights back to the character that he created (or helped create).

The 2nd Court rules that the lower court judge erred in his decision that stated a previous agreement between Marvel and Gary Friedrich was valid.

The 2nd Court ruled that the contracts signed were "ambiguous" and needed further investigation in a new trial.

Complicating the issue is the question of the statue of limitations, which the judge noted, would have to be dealt with.

Gary Friedrich laid claim to the Ghost Rider rights after hearing a film was in development, and Disney and Marvel recently went after the creator for using and selling Ghost Rider images at various conventions.

Hopefully, both sides will see that hellfire isn't required to make peace and a settlement will ensue.

You can read the full ruling from the 2nd Court here.

(via Hollywood Reporter)