Godzillian wrote:GoWhaleTours wrote:Godzilla2000Zero wrote:Technically wouldn't the Gryphon be owned by Sony?
Not really. It’s a mythological creature. Plus they never used it. I doubt they’d even notice at this point.
They wouldn't be able to use ideas and features that the Gryphon in the script has so it would need to be completely different.
That may depend on whether or not the rights to the character have defaulted back to the screenwriters. Many times there will be clauses in the contract where the rights to the script and all the original ideas/content/characters in it revert back to the writers if the studio doesn't utilize it within a set period of time, usually something like 15 or 20 years. My understanding is that it's fairly common for veteran writers-for-hire to do this as they may years later take the script or novel they wrote for a corporate franchise, strip out their original content, and revise it into a standalone script or novel unrelated to the franchise it was originally written for.
If that's the case, the writers would've been able to recycle the character for another script without having to get either Sony or Toho's permission once the rights reverted since they created it.