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Fox Adamant It Will Fight To Delay 'Watchmen'

If last week's judgment against Warner Bros. in the court battle over 'Watchmen' wasn't enough to send fans of the comic into a panic, today's news may certainly do the trick.

20th Century Fox tells the Associated Press that it will do everything it can to seek a court order delaying the scheduled March 6 release of the much-anticipated adaptation of Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons‘ graphic novel. Meanwhile, rival Warner Bros. says they "think a trial is necessary, a settlement unlikely" and still believes it will win the case, either at trial or through an appeal.

Judge Gary Feess surprised much of Hollywood with his preliminary judgment last week, after he agreed with Fox's claim that they — not Warner Bros — held the rights to develop and distribute the adaptation from its deal made in the late 1980s.

Since then many have held out hope that a settlement could be reached soon, so the movie is able to keep its March release date, however that outcome now seems more and more unlikely. 'Watchmen', directed by '300's Zack Snyder was supposed to be one of Warner Bros. tentpole movies for 2009, with a budget north of $130 million.

The trial is currently scheduled to commence January 20 to decide the remaining issues. If the two studios are unable to reach a settlement before then, it is very likely that the Judge will grant an injunction that will, at very least, push back 'Watchmen's release date until a settlement is agreed upon.

December 30, 2008 |

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