Oddly enough, Hannibal Lecter was a nuisance for everyone involved with Army of Darkness. Raimi's film was done and ready for release, but news that Thomas Harris, author and Lecter creator, was writing a third novel sent Army of Darkness producer Dino De Laurentiis and distributor Universal Pictures into a legal battle over the rights to Lecter. Which, sadly, meant Army of Darkness became a bargaining chip and sat on the shelf for more than six months.