‘Exorcist’ suit not expunged

Blatty, Friedkin continue fight for revs

An L.A. judge has refused to throw out a lawsuit brought last year by the writer and director of “The Exorcist,” who allege they were denied profits from a 2000 reissue of the 1973 hit horror film.

The film about a girl possessed by the devil was reissued in theaters with added scenes. It sold hundreds of thousands of video and DVD copies that netted millions in profits for AOL Time Warner.

The lawsuit, filed by writer William Peter Blatty and director William Friedkin, accuses Warner Bros., Turner Network Television and Turner Broadcasting System of hiding revenue to avoid paying them a full share.

It seeks unspecified actual, compensatory and punitive damages and a trust fund made up of all the “assets, revenues and profits defendants improperly received” from the 2000 distribution of the film.

The three companies, which AOL Time Warner owns, are charged with breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty and wrongful accounting.

Superior Court Judge Marilyn Hoffman has denied a motion by Warner Bros. to throw out the lawsuit. Warner Bros. spokeswoman Barbara Boogliatti said it’s company policy not to comment on pending litigation.

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