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"Watchmen" Producer Upset Over Lawsuit

Posted: January 9th, 2009 by WorstPreviews.com Staff
"Watchmen" Producer Upset Over LawsuitSubmit Comment
"Watchmen" producer Lloyd Levin shared some of his thoughts on the court battle between 20th Century Fox and Warner Bros for the rights to the property. One of his main points is that Fox did not like the script when it was brought to them and has rejected the idea of a feature film several times. It was Warner Bros that took a chance, invested money, time and effort to bring this graphic novel to life. And the most important point that Levin makes is that this case comes down to doing the right thing. [via HitFix]

"From my point of view, the flashpoint of this dispute, came in late spring of 2005. Both Fox and Warner Brothers were offered the chance to make Watchmen. They were submitted the same package, at the same time. It included a cover letter describing the project and its history, budget information, a screenplay, the graphic novel, and it made mention that a top director was involved.

And it's at this point, where the response from both parties could not have been more radically different.

The response we got from Fox was a flat "pass." That's it. An internal Fox email documents that executives there felt the script was one of the most unintelligible pieces of sh*t they had read in years. Conversely, Warner Brothers called us after having read the script and said they were interested in the movie - yes, they were unsure of the screenplay, and had many questions, but wanted to set a meeting to discuss the project, which they promptly did. Did anyone at Fox ask to meet on the movie? No. Did anyone at Fox express any interest in the movie? No. Express even the slightest interest in the movie? Or the graphic novel? No.

Warner Brothers continued to support, both financially and creatively, the development of the movie. And eventually, after over a year of work, they agreed to make the film, based on a script that, for what it's worth, was by and large very similar to the one Fox initially read and deemed an unintelligible piece of sh*t.

Look at it another way... One reason the movie was made was because Warner Brothers spent the time, effort and money to engage with and develop the project. If Watchmen was at Fox the decision to make the movie would never have been made because there was no interest in moving forward with the project.

My father, who was a lawyer and a stickler for the minutiae of the law, was always quick to teach me that the determination of what is right and wrong was not the sole purview of the courts. I bet someone at Fox had a parent like mine who instilled the same sense of fairness and justice in them.
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Source: HitFix


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bugmenot writes:
on January 9th, 2009 at 1:33:38 AM

Damn straight. After all this, I can still see where Fox is coming from, but the fact of the matter is, they never acted on it before- and if they can get away with this, who knows what other scams Fox may try to pull in the future. They need to wither and die.
The Skippy Spartan writes:
on January 9th, 2009 at 2:48:57 AM

Here here!
nea writes:
on January 9th, 2009 at 4:03:15 AM

Hear ye!
freshfromthedeli writes:
on January 9th, 2009 at 7:49:33 AM

Watchman producer upset over lawsuit...what a shocking turn of events!
Johnny Neat writes:
on January 9th, 2009 at 9:21:01 AM

Good luck with FOX finding it in their collective to agree with fairness and a sense of vision. FOX will be the corporation it is and try to play the legal system to make free money.
Space_Ghost11 writes:
on January 9th, 2009 at 11:04:27 AM

FOX is just pissed because they didnt go with it and now they want to sue to get the money they should be getting when the film is released. They are just money hungry f*cks who are gonna piss a lot of people off.
Planetastudios writes:
on January 9th, 2009 at 12:01:53 PM

Fox sees that Warner Brothers made so much off batman, and now they are going after them. Correct me if I wrong...i just woke up.
bugmenot writes:
on January 9th, 2009 at 12:33:18 PM

You know, I was just thinking...and this is part of my morning insanity, but how f*cking lovely would it be that this movie gets puts in limbo, like completely iced over, nobody thinks it drags on this long - it gets put into limbo, and seven years later, we look at it like the next Delgo. How cool would that be???
BlutoDaBoss21 writes:
on January 9th, 2009 at 2:47:58 PM

omg....delgo.........lmao i remember hearing about that years ago, and its like the crappiest thing ever. if Watchmen went into limbo.....well hell i hope that the effects were advanced to keep up with the 2012 box office..
Schwasted writes:
on January 9th, 2009 at 4:34:41 PM

Warner and Fox Searchlight are both before Slumdog Millionaire. Fox needs to sit in time out for awhile.
jetdog writes:
on January 10th, 2009 at 1:17:55 AM

okay okay fox is the big bad wolf...or whatever.. BUT since fox did think that THAT it was a big peice of crap you would of thought a company like WB would of caught that fox did have some rights to the damn thing and we wouldn't be TALKING ABOUT THIS CRAP! TAKE CARE OF THINGS LIKE THAT WB! DAMN!
Bystander85 writes:
on January 11th, 2009 at 9:06:12 AM

i hate fox. i wish they'd just release this movie for the fans, instead of caring about who gets the money. If ever Watchmen gets released, I will be very surprised. Get the Head of Fox and Warner in a room with swords and shields. Bets Anyone?

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