The Scream franchise, which has become an iconic part of pop culture thanks to the franchise’s animated films, is now the subject of a major lawsuit, according to a report from Entertainment Weekly.
In the suit filed on Friday in California’s Northern District Court, the plaintiffs accuse the Scream franchise of copyright infringement and trademark infringement.
It’s not clear if the lawsuit will go forward.
The original Scream franchise began in 1984 as a series of animated shorts and films.
The films have since been released in dozens of foreign countries, including the United States, France, Italy, Germany, the UK, Spain, and Australia.
The franchise’s most recent release was 2016’s Scream III, which starred Jamie Foxx and directed by Jason Reitman.
The lawsuit claims the Scream Franchise was developed by a subsidiary of Lucasfilm, a joint venture between Disney and the Lucasfilm family of companies.
The company that developed the original Scream films, Pixar, went bankrupt in 2006, according the lawsuit.
Lucasfilm released the first three films in theaters in the United Kingdom, Canada, the United Arab Emirates, Japan, China, and Taiwan, but has since shuttered its U.S. and Canadian operations.
In 2017, Lucasfilm announced it would release a new Scream film.
That film, which will be released on March 14, 2018, will feature a female Scream character and the franchise will return to the United Kingdoms.
A new, more PG-13, version of the franchise has also been announced.
It is expected to be released sometime in 2019.
Disney purchased Lucasfilm in 2015.