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Friday, January 16, 2009

"Watchmen" is Freed from Fox's Danger

Maybe you heard, maybe you didn't-- 20th Century Fox filed a lawsuit against Warner Brothers concerning the rights for "Watchmen." Long story short, Fox claimed they held the rights to the film and never relinquished them to Warner Brothers. There was some miscommunication involved between the studios thus leading to the fear that "Watchmen" may be A) Pushed back. Or B) Not released at all.

Warner Brothers' fault or not, Fox needed to understand that they would have done nothing with those rights for many years. (Even if they attempted to make the film I'm sure it would have been horrid in their hands. This isn't to predict we know how Warner Brothers' version will fare, but... C'mon people. It's Fox.)

Well enough Fox bashing... for now. The hack-infested studio has reached a deal with Warner Brothers and will present it to the court tomorrow. Here's an official statement from both studios:

Warner Bros. and Twentieth Century Fox have resolved their dispute regarding the rights to the upcoming motion picture Watchmen in a confidential settlement. Warner Bros acknowledges that Fox acted in good faith in bringing its claims, which were asserted prior to the start of principal photography. Fox acknowledges that Warner Bros. acted in good faith in defending against those claims Warner Bros. and Fox, like all Watchmen fans, look forward with great anticipation to this film's March 6 release in theatres.

I doubt it's all rainbows and sunshine as the statement insinuates, but who cares. Rest easy comic book nerds! "Watchmen" will be released as scheduled and we'll see if Zack Snyder pulled off a decent adaptation of the film. I'm certainly excited.

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