Fox Will Fight to Get Watchmen Movie Delayed
12.29.08 by reelz
Although a judge suggested that Warner Bros. and 20th Century Fox agree to a quick settlement, the legal battle over Watchmen is just beginning.
Today, an attorney for Fox said the studio will continue to seek an order delaying the release of Watchmen, prompting Judge Gary Feess to announce that he plans to hold a trial January 20th to decide "remaining issues."
Warner Bros. had contended that Fox held no claim to the movie, but Fox won over Judge Feess who backed their claim that it never fully relinquished story rights from its deal made in the late 1980s.
An attorney for Warner Bros. said he didn't know if an appeal was coming, but thinks a trial is necessary and a settlement unlikely.
The movie, adapted from the acclaimed DC comics series by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons, follows a group of costumed adventurers from an '80s style, Cold War, alternate Earth, investigating the murder of one of their own.