It was a battle between Warner Bros. and 20th Century Fox. The issue? Which studio has the right to distribute "Watchmen" the movie.
According to Variety,
Fox filed the suit in February, contending it retains distribution rights to the graphic novel penned by Alan Moore and illustrated by Dave Gibbons.
The suit asserts that producer Lawrence Gordon's option to acquire Fox's remaining interest in "Watchmen" was never exercised, thereby leaving Fox with its rights under a 1994 turnaround agreement. Warner Bros. has denied Fox's assertions and contended Fox doesn't hold the copyright.
Fox originally acquired the rights to "Watchmen" in the late 1980s and spent more than $1 million developing the project, which later went to Universal and then Paramount before landing at Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures.
So the bottom-line for us moviegoers? We may not see the film on WB's intended opening date of March 6th.
And it's a bummer, because I want to see director Zack Snyder's follow-up to "300" plus I'm a big fan of Alan Moore, and I own the first 12 issues of the comic book series, first printing!
Oh yes, I also have Moore's "League of Extraordinary Gentleman" both volumes, and was bummed that the movie version sucked!
So, let's pray to the movie gods that "Watchmen" will be a great adaptation AND that WB and FOX will agree to work together so we can see the movie in March.
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