Geez, who is running things over at Fox, Alan Moore’s biggest fan? Whoever it is, they want to keep you, comic book geeks, from seeing Moore’s seminal comic book work, “Watchmen”, which Zack Snyder has directed, a groovy trailer has been released off, and a 2009 Summer release date settled on. But not so fast, if Fox gets their way. Instead of wanting to get cut in on the deal (aka the moolah) Fox is looking to stop the film from being released altogether. Now, a recent ruling in court to deny Warner Bros.’ motion to dismiss Fox’s lawsuit against them over the rights to “Watchmen” may just end up doing to the movie what Alan Moore and his crazy ass beard couldn’t do — kill the movie.
It’s all very legalese, but here’s Variety to break it down for those of us who don’t habla legalese:
At the heart of Fox’s suit, filed in February, is the contention that it never ceded rights to the property. And according to the federal Judge Gary Allen Feess, Fox retained distribution rights to the graphic novel penned by Alan Moore and illustrated by Dave Gibbons through a 1991 claim. Furthermore, Feess appears to agree that under a 1994 turnaround deal with producer Larry Gordon, Gordon acquired an option to acquire Fox’s remaining interest in “Watchmen,” which was never exercised, thereby leaving Fox with its rights under the 1994 agreement.
The disturbing part is that Fox doesn’t seem to want money out of the deal, they just want to stop the movie from being released. Their reasoning?
“When you have copyright infringement, there are some damages you never recover,” said a source close to the litigation.
Yeah, I know, a big Hollywood company that isn’t concern about BUCKAROOS??? Now I’ve heard everything.