Judge Puts Watchmen release in Serious trouble
“Fox owns a copyright interest consisting of, at the very least, the right to distribute the ‘Watchmen’ motion picture,” the ruling said.
Judge Gary Allen Feess issued the surprise ruling Wednesday — a week after setting a Jan. 20 trial date for Fox’s suit — and indicated he would issue a more detailed ruling soon. Warner spokesman Scott Rowe declined to comment.
The suit asserts that producer Lawrence Gordon‘s option to acquire Fox’s remaining interest in “Watchmen” was never exercised, thereby leaving Fox with its rights under a 1994 turnaround agreement. Warner Bros. has denied Fox’s assertions and contended Fox doesn’t hold the copyright.
Fox originally acquired the rights to “Watchmen” in the late 1980s and spent more than $1 million developing the project, which later went to Universal and then Paramount before landing at Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures.
my two cents:
This is insane. Fox has never done anything substancial in way of actually making a Watchmen movie, until Universial showed them it could be made. Do you mean to tell me that nobody at Warner Brothers, which is a part of the parent company for the publisher that OWNS Watchmen, checked to see if this was cool? I know somebody over at Fox knew they were making it and probably didn’t care until they saw the first trailer(which is right around the time Fox made this law suit. This is one of the cases where I hate the studio system.