By Ryan Parsons | Image property of Warner Bros, Variety
It's going to be close. With Watchmen due out on March 6th, a Los Angeles federal judge has announced a January 6th start date for the trial between Warner Bros. and 20th Century Fox.
Watchmen Trial Set
Judge Gary Allen Feess decided that the case brought forward by Fox was not suitable for preliminary injunction and that the issues were too complex to be resolved on an interim basis. Asking the two parties to quickly resolve this matter, Feess forced the lawsuit to go into trial.
While the date is set awfully close to the film's release, Warner Bros shows no indication that they are planning on backing off the proposed March 6th opening.
Though Fox only spent one million developing Watchmen when the property was their own, the early reports indicate that the studio is looking for some serious kickbacks from Warner Bros. or an injunction against the film's release.
Though Warner Bros. has not taken Fox's claim seriously as of yet, the studio took a blow two weeks ago when Feess denied Warner's motion to dismiss the suit, which alleges that Fox retained distribution rights to the graphic novel through a 1991 claim. Fox claims to still have rights under a 1994 turnaround agreement.