You see, the fine folks over at Bloody Disgusting recently did an investigation of their own and found out that something similar has happened with A Nightmare on Elm Street. Basically, the estate of Wes Craven has regained the rights to both the film franchise itself, as well as the iconic Freddy Krueger character. International rights, meanwhile, remain with Warner Bros./New Line Cinema.
To avoid any confusion, here a breakdown courtesy of the aforementioned Bloody Disgusting:
“Long story short, the law is that writers can reclaim ownership of their work after 35 years, and 2019 marks 35 years since Elm Street was released. Like Victor Miller,