From Variety: May 12, 2012.
He filed suit in order to figure out who owns the rights
When William Friedkin filed suit against Paramount and Universal last month in Los Angeles Superior Court over the returns from his 1977 movie Sorcerer, it wasn’t yet another profit participation dispute but a more mystifying case of a title seemingly in ownership limbo.
“No one will come forward and say who owns the rights,” Friedkin says.
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