“The Pope of Pop Cinema” Detroit born Roger Corman’s estate has been undergoing a fight for the last decade. On Tuesday, his sons–Roger M. and Brian–filed suit to void the sale of his film library, arguing that the films actually belong to the irrevocable Pacific Trust, established in 1978.
Challenged is the March 15 purchase by Shout! Factory and China-based Ace Films of 270 titles from Roger Corman and his wife, Julie for an undisclosed sum.
These titles include “Rock ‘n’ Roll High School,” “Battle Beyond the Stars,” “Piranha,” “Galaxy of Terror,” “Bloodfist,” “Black Scorpion,” “Eat My Dust!,” “Humanoids From the Deep,” “The Slumber Party Massacre,” and “Forbidden World.”
Sons, Roger M. and Brian allege that their mother has worked for more than 10 years to undermine their father’s estate plan, which was originally established to benefit the Corman children. The sons have argued that Roger and Julie have been paying below market rates to live in a mansion owned by the trust.
Roger Corman is credited with having been mentor to filmmakers including Francis Ford Coppola, Ron Howard, Martin Scorsese, and James Cameron, among others.