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Watchmen Case Approaching Climax

Published November 30, 2008 in Movie News
By Ryan Parsons | Image property of Warner Bros, AmLaw Daily
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While many of us were enjoying last week with anticipation of Thanksgiving, both Warner Bros. and 20th Century Fox had other concerns on their mind. Both studios filed their finalized motions -- each very different than the other -- for Watchmen on Tuesday (the 25th) with the lawsuit expecting to be resolved on December 15th.

Watchmen Lawsuit Decision Approaching...

While I still think that 20th Century Fox is a studio worthy of great properties, I hate them for doing this. Here is what AmLaw Daily has reported on the two motions. (thanks to Filmonic for the discovery)

It's as if the two sides are talking about completely different movies.

The two sides take very different strategies in their motions filed this week. Warners comes out firing, saying Fox, even if it did once own a right of first refusal, gave it up by not exercising it for more than a decade while three different studios batted around possible "Watchmen" projects. They characterize Fox's suit as a last-minute attempt to attach itself to a film that looks like it will be a hit. But later in their motion, the studio says it's willing to accept a partial summary judgment ruling. What that means is unclear; it could mean that Fox will end up with a percentage of distribution rights or that Warners will pay Fox an unknown amount to secure full rights to the movie.

Fox, on the other hand, is going for a home run. They ask for nothing less than the sole right to produce "Watchmen" and distribute it in the U.S. and abroad.

Why I currently don't agree with Fox:

1. They have allowed us to get our hopes up repeatedly that a Watchmen movie will get made... by another studio.
2. They could have stepped in a lot harder at the beginning of production.
3. Since the studio (Fox) can't seem to make a franchise remotely close to good nowadays, I'm relieved to see Warner Bros. giving Watchmen the resources and support it deserves; something I doubt Fox would have ever done.

In the end, I just find it hard to ignore the fact that Fox sees an upcoming hit, and wants not only a piece of the pie, but the whole kit and kaboodle with a frivolous lawsuit. If I were their publicist I would have told them to save face and take whatever money (under the table) that Warner Bros was offering. Though I'm sure the studio has some good points, the idea of them taking over a finished project entirely that they had no hand in is just cruel and, in short, S-T-U-P-I-D.

Until Fox delivers some sort of evidence that just blows our minds, they have to know that not a single moviegoer is rooting for them.

I still got their backs on other projects, however.

Watchmen hits theaters on March 6th, 2009.

For the poster, trailers, pictures and more info on the film, go to the Watchmen Movie Page.
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Sources: Image property of Warner Bros, AmLaw Daily

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