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'Watchmen' Court Date Set To Battle Movie's Release

A January 6 trial date has been set for the battle between Fox and Warner Bros. over their rights to the comic-book adaptation of 'Watchmen'.

Warner Bros. is set to release its adaptation of the Alan Moore/Dave Gibbons comic series on March 6, 2009. However, Fox claims it still holds the rights to 'Watchmen' as part of a 1991 agreement.

It was rumored that the earliest date for a court trial would be much later, possibly delaying the release of the film until 2010, so the earlier date is welcome news for fans of the series.

District Court Judge Gary Allen Feess also said Fox shouldn't bother trying to get an injunction against WB to stop the release of the film because the issues are too complex to be resolved prior to a trial.

Fox sued Warners in February for copyright infringement citing a 1991 agreement between the studio and Largo Entertainment producer Larry Gordon. Fox claims it still holds the rights to any movie based on the comic because it was a part of the deal, however, WB claims that Gordon sold them rights to the big-screen adaptation in 2006.

September 3, 2008 |

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