Warner Brothers, Fox Battling Over "Watchmen"
Wed, 20 Aug 2008 10:30:09
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The highly anticipated release of big budget comic book film Watchmen may be preempted by the current legal battle between Warner Brothers and Fox over who actually owns film rights. Warner Brothers is on track to release the film on March 6 of next year, but federal judge Gary Allen Fees of Los Angeles threw a wrench into those plans by refusing to dismiss a lawsuit that 20th Century Fox filed against Warner Brothers regarding who legally owns the rights to the artistic property.
Fees ruled that Fox has provided enough evidence in support of its claim that it holds the distribution rights to the film version of the graphic novel written by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons. Fox is asking the court to enjoin the release of the film and any other related media that violate the company's purported copyright interests, which would ensure that Fox would also profit from the film's release.
However, Fox's legal eagles say that the studio doesn't want cash compensation. Rather, the powers that be want to prevent the film from being released altogether. Warner Brothers is countering, saying that Fox has zero rights to the project. In layman's terms, the court ruled that the studios may proceed towards litigation regarding the film, which could tie things up for at least two years. All parties are hoping for a quick resolution since the film is already a blockbuster to be on the WB release slate.
—The ARTISTdirect Staff