Cloud Ten Pictures Announces Settlement of Legal Disputes with Timothy LaHaye, co-Author of Left Behind Books Series
Contact: Andre van Heerden, 905-684-5561
MEDIA ADVISORY, Aug. 7 /Christian Newswire/ -- Cloud Ten Pictures Inc., producers of the Left Behind series of Christian-thriller films, announced today that it has entered into a settlement agreement resolving the two lawsuits against it and co-producers on the Left Behind film series, Namesake Entertainment, filed by Timothy LaHaye, one of the authors of the Left Behind book series upon which the popular films are based. The settlement ends a legal dispute over the Left Behind film rights that began in 2000.
"We are thrilled to finally have this behind us.", says CEO André van Heerden. "While we received repeated judgments from the Courts that validated our rights, we were unable until now to finally put this lawsuit behind us."
The agreement resolves all disputes relating to the three films produced by Cloud Ten based upon the first and second books in the Left Behind series. The agreement also grants LaHaye an opportunity to remake the films based upon these book. "Cloud Ten was blessed with the opportunity to bring these stories, to life on the silver screen," comments van Heerden. "We are very pleased that Reverend LaHaye will get the opportunity to make the films he envisions out of these beloved books." If LaHaye does not exercise his options to remake the films, then Cloud Ten will retain its current rights to make sequels to its Left Behind films.
All three films, Left Behind: The Movie, Left Behind: Tribulation Force, and Left Behind:World at War, are available on DVD and continue to be top sellers and are still available for Church viewings through Cloud Ten Church Cinemas.
With the lawsuit behind them, Cloud Ten plans to get back into active production and distribution of Christian-themed films. "We're releasing three new powerful films this year and are close to going into production on possibly another four for 2009," says van Heerden.
About Cloud Ten Pictures
Cloud Ten Pictures was founded in 1996 by brothers Peter and Paul Lalonde. The company is the market-leader in the production and marketing of faith-based films. Its 2000 release of Left Behind: The Movie, was the top-selling independent video of that year. Cloud Ten has produced and distributed 10 successful feature films and several well-received documentaries. The Financial Post labeled Cloud Ten "one of the most successful independent studios in the English-speaking world." For more information about Cloud Ten call 1-888-684-5561 or visit www.cloudtenpictures.com.