Rob Grant and Doug Naylor have resolved their dispute over the Red Dwarf rights.
After a long-standing legal dispute between the creators of the popular comedy series, Red Dwarf, its future has finally been confirmed. Rob Grant and Doug Naylor, who co-created the show, have had disagreements in the past, leading to the dissolution of their partnership in the 1990s. However, Naylor continued to work on the TV series, leading to a High Court action against Grant in 2021 over the show’s rights.
The dispute has now been resolved, and it has been confirmed that both writers will continue to work separately on Red Dwarf in various media. A joint statement by the writers read, “Moving onwards and upwards, Rob and Doug hope to launch separate iterations of Red Dwarf across various media, working again with the cast and other valued partners, and wish each other the very best. Smoke a kipper, Red Dwarf will be back for breakfast!!”
Naylor also shared a tweet of the Red Dwarf cast, captioned “Smug mode,” after the statement’s release. It remains to be seen what the different iterations of Red Dwarf will look like or the media it will be released on. However, Grant has released Red Dwarf novels over the years, and both writers hope for the series to continue.
Red Dwarf stars Chris Barrie, Craig Charles, Danny John-Jules, and Robert Llewellyn and first aired in February 1988. The show was a massive success, leading to 11 full-length seasons.