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"Watchmen" Might Never be Released

Posted: August 19th, 2008 by WorstPreviews.com Staff
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A judge has denied a Warner Bros motion to dismiss 20th Century Fox's lawsuit over Warners' right to make a film based on the graphic novel "Watchmen."

Ruling is potentially a huge victory for Fox, which could wind up as a profit participant in the film, and could cost Warners millions considering the film's box office prospects. However, Fox's legal team says it isn't looking for monetary compensation and instead wants to prevent the big-budget film from being released altogether.

Project, which has been in development for two decades, finally began lensing in September with Zack Snyder at the helm. Warners was set to release the film, which stars Patrick Wilson and Jackie Earle Haley, on March 6th in the same slot in which "300" opened.

At the heart of Fox's suit, filed in February, is the contention that it never ceded rights to the property. And according to the federal Judge Gary Allen Feess, Fox retained distribution rights to the graphic novel penned by Alan Moore and illustrated by Dave Gibbons through a 1991 claim. Furthermore, Feess appears to agree that under a 1994 turnaround deal with producer Larry Gordon, Gordon acquired an option to acquire Fox's remaining interest in "Watchmen," which was never exercised, thereby leaving Fox with its rights under the 1994 agreement.

The court has asked the two parties for expedited discovery; generally the discovery process can take up to two years. Because the film has already wrapped and is dated for spring 2009, the judge wants to move forward quickly.

"We will be asking the court to enforce Fox's copyright interests in 'The Watchmen' and enjoin the release of the Warner Bros film and any related 'Watchmen' media that violate our copyright interests in that property," said Fox.

Surprisingly, Fox said it would rather see the film killed instead of collecting a percentage of the box office. "When you have copyright infringement, there are some damages you never recover," said a source close to the litigation.

Fox spent more than $1 million developing "Watchmen" but had not previously taken legal action against the project, which had been in development at Paramount several years ago.

Click here to read more about "Watchmen."

Source: Variety


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004forever writes:
on August 18th, 2008 at 11:33:24 PM

Oh my God, say it ain't so!
i3u7n5 writes:
on August 19th, 2008 at 12:24:10 AM

Wow...that's just about right.
hardcorehogan87 writes:
on August 19th, 2008 at 12:52:22 AM

Yeah, Fox isn't happy making obscene amounts of money, now they have to be ass$%@#s too.
thedotsays writes:
on August 19th, 2008 at 9:04:50 AM

Wow, how big off an @$$%#!* do you have to be to rather see this shelved forever. does Fox honestly think they could make a better film? If so, those idiots shouldn't have waited a decade to do something. Fox is the worst.
PrevalentMind writes:
on August 19th, 2008 at 10:18:58 AM

Fox has had a very very bad year at the box office. They have great prospects for success next year and this is the film that's generating the most buzz...they're killing the competition...or at least attempting too. There's some damn good lawyers at Warner right now I'm sure trying to knock this crap on its ass. It almost appears as if Fox set a trap by with holding its protest for all these years...hunters.
bacci40 writes:
on August 19th, 2008 at 3:18:48 PM

they never intended on making the movie, and were very happy keeping it shelved...they just want money...they already killed ff and xmen...eff rupert and fox...forget war with russia, we need to bomb the aussies

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