With just 16 days left before his Marvel tentpole hits theaters, Whedon is being accused of stealing the idea for his 2012 horror movie, “The Cabin In The Woods,” from Peter Gallagher’s 2006 novel, “The Little White Trip: A Night In The Pines,” according to The Hollywood Reporter.
In the suit, which was filed in a California federal court on Monday (April 13), Whedon, who produced and co-wrote the script for “TCITW” and director Drew Goodard are named as defendants alongside Lionsgate and the “Avengers” auteur’s Mutant Enemy production company.
Gallagher, who is suing for copyright infringement and $10 million in damages, based his claim on the similarities between the characters’ names and personalities from his book used in the film.
The author is also arguing that his tome and the movie both feature a group of young people terrorized by monsters during their stay at a cabin in the woods.
According to his complaint, the “defendants reside and operate out of Santa Monica,” a short distance from the Venice Beach boardwalk and Third Street Promenade, where Gallagher says he self-published his novel and began grassroots efforts to sell it.
Gallagher further claims that he "was contacted by multiple credited entertainment industry producers who expressed interest in the book.”