Filmmakers settle 'Blair Witch' lawsuit

LOS ANGELES - An aspiring filmmaker has settled his lawsuit against the makers of ''The Blair Witch Project'' in which he claimed he was cheated out of a credit on the film.

The settlement was announced Monday by Haxan Films, which produced the movie, and Artisan Entertainment, the distributor.

Sam Barber, of Cocoa Beach, Fla., said he deserved part of the horror movie's $245 million domestic gross, according to the lawsuit filed in Los Angeles federal court.

Barber said he should have been listed as a producer or executive producer in the credits because he paid for some of the movie's preproduction costs.

Barber sued Daniel Myrick - one of the film's two directors - and producer Greg Hale for allegedly cutting him out of the distribution deal.

Spokesman for Haxan and Artisan refused to disclose all the terms of the settlement.

Artisan spokesman Paul Pflug said part of the deal requires the company to consider three film proposals from Barber, although it has no obligation to produce the movies.

Barber's spokeswoman, Andrea Shea King, said he will also receive a ''preproduction supervisor'' credit on all future copies of the movie.

Haxan spokesman Jeremy Walker said he did not know all the details of the agreement.

It was not clear whether Barber would receive any money from the filmmakers.

''The Blair Witch Project'' tells the story of three college-age filmmakers who disappear in the Maryland woods while trying to make a documentary on a legendary ghost. A sequel was released last October.


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