Stan Lee Media is no stranger to litigation — in 2009, the company sued Stan Lee himself, demanding a cut of profits from the “Iron Man,” “Spider-Man” and “X-Men” film franchises.
This time, they’re taking on “Conan the Barbarian.” EW reports that the company, which was founded by Lee, claims that they own the title character. They filed a lawsuit on Friday, August 19, demanding 100% of the film’s proceeds.
Reps for the company claim that a former lawyer betrayed the company, and that the rights to the Conan character were not available for sale as a result of their 2001 bankruptcy. Thus, the deal that transferred the rights (and made this summer’s film a possibility) may have been illegal.
We’re not really sure why Stan Lee Media wants to stake a claim in the “Conan the Barbarian” remake. The film was poorly reviewed and made $10 million in its opening weekend — barely more than the 1982 Schwarzenegger-led original. If we were Stan Lee, we’d want nothing to do with the Jason Momoa remake.