While this may be a bit subjective, the recent remake of Roots, produced by the original star, Levar Burton, got me to think.

Is it common, or even heard of, for an actor or star to get royalties for their character once it has been rebooted? Does an actor get some sort of claim on a role past their original performance? If so, what's the first instance of this?

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    Unless they have the rights to the character, why would they? – Walt May 15 '16 at 5:52
  • @walt very good foresight in contract negotiations? Some obscure copyright law or court ruling? Hence the question. If a character comes to prominence because of a specific actors interpretation, why shouldn't they have some right to the character? – cde May 15 '16 at 10:09

No, actors do not get royalties from reboots. The characters are the property of the writer(s), and only they are capable of getting royalties from reboots.


Not sure who flagged this, but they're more than welcome to read this overly complex legalese on the subject.

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  • Downvoter: Read this. You should conclude (correctly) that characters are not owned by the actors, and thus are not eligible to get royalties from one. – Johnny Bones May 15 '16 at 2:27
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    I think maybe adding some of those court cases described may be helpful to flesh out your answer. – cde May 15 '16 at 5:07

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