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Fox And Warners Close To Watchmen Deal
Looks like we will see it on March 6

13 January 2009  |  Written by Chris Hewitt  |  Source: The Hollywood Reporter

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The Hollywood Reporter is, well, Hollywood reporting that Fox and Warners are close to a settlement on their Watchmen dispute, the most contentious movie-related legal issue in years – with the movie now likely to go ahead and make its March 6 release date.

Regular readers will know that the two studios had been at loggerheads over distribution rights for the movie, with Fox claiming that they had first refusal on the movie when Paramount put it into turnaround back in 2005.

Late last year, a preliminary ruling by a LA federal judge declared that Fox did indeed have a copyright interest giving them the right to distribute a film which is now less than two months away from a much-hyped release, with distributors (WB in the States, Paramount in the UK) already in place.

Needless to say, this could well have jeopardised the release of the movie, depending on Fox’s stance. But the judge recommended that both parties sit down and thrash out a deal before an official trial on January 20 – and it seems that they did just that over the weekend.

No details are forthcoming about what took place during the meetings, which culminated in a 30-minute session in the chambers of Judge Gary Feess. Normally we’d make a hypothetical joke at this point, but we’re scared that we’ll get sued for not being really, really serious.

But the circumstantial evidence – Warners has not pressed to move the January 20 hearing forward; Watchmen TV spots started airing over the weekend, including on the Fox network – would indicate that a settlement is near, and that’s cause for much celebration and, indeed, relief. We’ve been waiting for Zack Snyder's superhero movie for ages now, and it would have been horrible to see the release delayed yet further by red tape.
 


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RE: Thank Goodness For That!
This film is my The Dark Knight for 2009. Got such high hopes for it - the graphic novel is like my bible - and I don't know what I am going to do if they fuck this up !!   That said loved the Dawn of the Dead remake and 300 was the nuts so here hoping !!   More

Posted by waltham1979 at 17:21 on 13 January 2009 | Report This Post

RE: Thank Goodness For That!
Malin Ackerman looks hoof-tastic in the pics i've seen More

Posted by Mc Bovril at 16:14 on 13 January 2009 | Report This Post

Thank Goodness For That!
Phew! Was wondering if they would ever show this brilliant film at all. They should do, does it really matter who got it first? The film will make a lot of money, can't wait for the DVD cartoon and just going to see it will be enough to satify a lot of eager fans that have been waiting for so long. More

Posted by joanna likes films at 16:03 on 13 January 2009 | Report This Post

Of course they'll reach an agreement
As I've said in previous post on this; if the film looked to be average to pants then none of would ever have happened. It doesn't, it looks amazingly good, so greedy Fox is out for some Watchmen gold More

Posted by Taz69 at 15:43 on 13 January 2009 | Report This Post

RE: malin
L: captainrentboy Thank fook for that, I'm looking forward to this flick a stupid amount. Infact I'm going to be dragging my ass to London to see it in the Imax so it had better be bloody good. I've heard the rumblings, I know certain things have changed, especially the ending, I'm just hoping that there's isn't the extra character death at the end that I've heard about.ote]   Indeed. And she looks a little like Lucy Lawless, which is a nice bonus... More

Posted by hughjass at 13:48 on 13 January 2009 | Report This Post

Hurrah! More

Posted by Filmfan 2 at 12:29 on 13 January 2009 | Report This Post

RE: malin
Thank fook for that, I'm looking forward to this flick a stupid amount. Infact I'm going to be dragging my ass to London to see it in the Imax so it had better be bloody good. I've heard the rumblings, I know certain things have changed, especially the ending, I'm just hoping that there's isn't the extra character death at the end that I've heard about. More

Posted by captainrentboy at 11:03 on 13 January 2009 | Report This Post

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What you on about richCie, Malin Ackerman is superhot in this, how can you not like her, her style is awesome More

Posted by SarahWright at 10:50 on 13 January 2009 | Report This Post

And yet...
... I still don't care. I'll believe a decent film of an Alan Moore when I see and not one minute before. More

Posted by Nicky C at 10:34 on 13 January 2009 | Report This Post

VULTURES!
The term "counting chickens" and "hatched" spring to mind. The whole thing is a big pile of crock. Greedy money grabbing movie execs squabbling over a potential cash cow. Why don't Fox go and take a running jump! More

Posted by ROTGUT at 10:25 on 13 January 2009 | Report This Post

i'm still struggling to get excited over this film for one reason. silk spectre. she looks awful. especially considering Malin Ackerman is a nice woman it's just as though they've done everything possible to make her look as unattractive as possible. More

Posted by richCie at 10:20 on 13 January 2009 | Report This Post

phew....
Good to hear a settlement may be forthcoming, march 6th does still seem far away indeed, but it's good to know that chances are good we can see the pic. Now let's just hope it lives up to the hype! More

Posted by distortEd at 10:08 on 13 January 2009 | Report This Post

I just wanna see the movie.......
And it's nice that the two studios have appeared to sort out their differences like grown ups. March 6, it just seems so far away huh? More

Posted by boredbluekoala at 08:46 on 13 January 2009 | Report This Post

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