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Fox and Watchmen Update

August 20, 2008

Thanks to variety for this:

To recap: on Friday U.S. District Court Judge Gary Allen Feess found that Fox’s assertion (that it holds some claim on the film rights of the graphic novel) is valid and refused to throw the claim out of court. This paves the way for Fox to seek an injunction against Warner Bros preventing the release of the film, which is planned for March 2009.

We speculated that Fox was likely seeking a settlement and the ruling and subsequent court proceedings would give them leverage over Warner Bros, who is beyond the point of no return with the film.

However, Variety’s report says that Fox may not be willing to settle and may aggressively persue that injunction.

Fox issued a statement that reads:

Warner Bros.’ production and anticipated release of ‘The Watchmen’ motion picture violates 20th Century Fox’s long-standing motion picture rights in ‘The Watchmen’ [sic] property.

We will be asking the court to enforce Fox’s copyright interests in ‘The Watchmen’ [sic] and enjoin the release of the Warner Bros. film and any related ‘Watchmen’ media that violate our copyright interests in that property.

In addition, Variety also cites an unnamed source “close to the litigation” who claims that Fox, who invested a reported $1 million in the project, will not be settling the case.

“When you have copyright infringement there are some damages you never recover,” said the source.

It’s hard to believe that the ‘Watchmen’ movie and its spin-off movies (the ‘Black Freighter’ animated film and the ‘Under The Hood’ faux documentary, not to mention the currently released “motion comic”) will be put on mothballs. Today that seems like a possible outcome.

See Variety’s article here.

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Fox seeks to block Watchmen

August 19, 2008

As reported on Yahoo this Morning:

Twentieth Century Fox is seeking an injunction to block the release of Warner Bros movie The Watchmen

The film studio is taking action after a Los Angeles court ruled Fox could hold some rights to the material, meaning they could file a copyright lawsuit.

Fox argues it acquired motion picture rights to the Watchmen graphic novel in the late 1980s, and that even though it relinquished certain rights to the material in 1991 it held onto the right to distribute the first movie.

Fox spokesman Gregg Brilliant said: “We will be asking the court to enforce Fox’s copyright interests in The Watchmen and enjoin the release of the Warner Brothers film and any related Watchmen media that violate our copyright interests in that property.”

But Scott Rowe, a spokesman for Warner Bros, said the ruling only means that the case will go forward and confirmed the film will be released* on March 6.

The Watchmen is based on a 1980s DC Comics graphic novel about flawed superheroes, written by Alan Moore and illustrated by Dave Gibbons.

DC Comics, the company behind the Watchmen graphic novel, is a subsidiary of Warner Bros, which is owned by Time Warner. Fox is owned by News Corp.