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Update On Alice Sweet Alice

concept_art_001Over two years since our last post on Alice Sweet Alice, and over three since any significant news, we have an update.

What exactly it means for Kathryn fans is not entirely clear but it does give us a small insight in to the world of film making.

To recap: Alice Sweet Alice was a horror movie from 1976 by the writer/director Alfred Sole.  More recently Alfred has been a production designer working on films and TV shows, including contributing to a number of seasons of Castle, which just finished its final run.  Back in 2013 Dante Tomaselli the horror writer/director, and cousin of Alfred, announced his plans to remake Alice Sweet Alice.  Kathryn was said to be involved playing the mother of the title character and would be taking a role behind the camera with her own production company.

As I said, a long time has passed with no news.

Dante has now given an interview with the iHorror website giving details on what has been happening in the intervening period.  Various attempts to secure funding fell through, including by Kathryn herself.  As Dante says:

“First, Alfred’s ex-agent was confident she had funding but, ultimately, she didn’t. Then Kathryn Morris was going to serve as Executive Producer, but she couldn’t raise the funds. She did try. That was it.”

Apparently Dante, with his co-writer Michael Gingold, has re-worked the project into a scarier film with a new script and production is being revived.  Kathryn’s further involvement is not mentioned, nor is it dismissed.  However, it is noticeable that as of earlier this month Kathryn is no longer listed on the film’s IMDb page.

You can read the full piece on the iHorror.com website HERE.

Revival House… Not… Err… Revived?

revival_house_430x38It is just over 6 months since our last update on the trademark status of Kathryn’s production company Revival House.

In that half-year the United States Patent And Trademark Office (USPTO) required documentation proving the active use of the name Revival House in a commercial setting.  As of May 11th, that information was not forthcoming so the applied for trademark Revival House is now officially ‘Abandoned’.

This change of status does not necessarily mean that the production company itself is dead, just that the protections afforded to the use of the name are lost.  It is not a completely beyond saving, there is the option of a petition being submitted.  There are only two weeks to do so though.

First filed in 2011, just a few months after Kathryn’s previous production company Hotplate Productions went through the same abandonment process, Revival House was accepted in April 2012.  Proof of usage or a 6-month extension request needs to be submitted within 6 months.  A maximum of 5 extensions can be approved, giving a total of 3 years to ‘use it or lose it’.

Since that time has all now passed with no signs of Revival House being used commercially, the trademark application on the name has been closed.

The Trademarkia website has all the details.

Revival House Extension #5

revival_house_430x38Only 6 months left.

Three years ago I first reported on the creation of Revival House, Kathryn’s production company after the abandonment of the earlier Hotplate Productions.  Revival House was first mentioned in relation to a drama project that never saw the light of day.  Since then I have noted the milestones in the process the Revival House trademark has gone through.

In April 2012 the registration received its Notice Of Allowance, meaning it had been cleared for use.  The next step is for the trademark to be used commercial and evidence of that lodged in a Statement Of Use (SOA) to the United States Patent And Trademark Office (USPTO).  Once that’s done and accepted the trademark is officially registered.  You initially have 6 months after the NOA to submit the SOA.  If that doesn’t happen a 6 month extension can be applied for.  Up to 5 such extra time periods, giving a total of 3 years from the NOA, can be requested before the trademark is abandoned.

Earlier this month the latest, and last allowed, extension request was accepted by the USPTO.  This means that Kathryn has until next April to use, and prove use of, the Revival House trademark.  The Alice Sweet Alice film that’s still in development is being done under the auspices of Revival House.  Hopefully we will hear more before the April 2015 deadline on the trademark.

For those suitably interested in such things the Trademarkia website has all the details.

Revival House Extension #4

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4 down and 1 left to go.

In the last few days the US Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO) granted Kathryn’s production company, Revival House, another time extension to file a “Statement Of Use”.  Basically, once awarded a trademark you have 6 months to show you are using it.  If you are unable to do that in the time you can apply for an extension of 6 months.  A maximum of 5 extensions are allowed, giving the owner a total of three years, before the mark is considered abandoned.

The recently reported addition to IMDb of the Alice Sweet Alice remake which is due star Kathryn and be produced by her under the Revival House name does suggest that things are still moving along on that front.  As of now there is a year still to go on the Revival House trademark and plenty can happen in that time.  If not then a new company name could easily be created.

See you in October for number 5!

The Trademarkia website has all the details.

Revival House Extension #3

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6 months on from the last of these updates we have latest one.

Kathryn’s production company, Revival House, (it is little more than a name at this point) has still to be officially put to use.  The trademark on the name was originally granted back in April 2012.  After successfully receiving permission to use the moniker within a given market you have 6 months to show proof of the mark being used commercially, or an extension must be applied for.  Up to five of those extensions can be requested.  If all are granted that gives you a total of 3 years.  Use it or lose it.

At the very end of September 2013 the third extension was requested and it was approved by the US Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO) just a few days later.

The previous extra-time allowance (#2) given back in April was followed by the news of Kathryn starring in and executive producing a remake of the 70s horror film Alice Sweet Alice.  We’ve not heard anything new on this project, due to be written and directed by Dante Tomaselli (Torture Chamber), since then but these things take time and Kathryn’s had other things on her mind.

So, Kathryn has another 6 months to issue use the trademark and submit a “Statement Of Use” showing that.

The Trademarkia website has all the details.

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