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Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Could Watchmen get delayed to 2010? UPDATED

You may have read about the legal dispute between Fox and Warner.20th Century Fox used to have the rights,and claim they still have them,so they're trying to prevent Warner Brothers from releasing the film.Warner Brothers,meanwhile,claims that Fox has sat silently until the film was set to go, knowing full well what was happening.
Now The New York Times says that Warner is pushing for a trial date of April, with Fox pushing for June. Assuming that the film can't be released until this is cleared up, we might not only not get Watchmen in March, but also not in the summer of 2009. Will we have to wait until 2010?
UPDATE: The battle between Fox and Warner Bros. over the rights to "Watchmen" took a big step toward resolution Tuesday when the federal judge presiding over the dispute set a Jan. 6 trial date for the case.

With a March release date looming, U.S. District Court Judge Gary Allen Feess said Fox should forgo any attempt to get a preliminary injunction against Warners to stop the release of the film because the issues were far too complex to be resolved on an interim basis, sources said.

Instead, Feess told both sides to start building a factual record and start expedited discovery and depositions immediately.

Fox still could ask Feess to permanently enjoin Warners from releasing the film following the discovery phase.
Source:Hollywood Reporter

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