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12.17.08 17 Comments

Two cheetahs sittin on a seesaw!  Wait, no!  Walrus in a top hat!  Yes yes, that’s it!  Walrus in a top hat!

Once Fox saw that WB had finally made a movie about Watchmen (trailer) and that it was looking like a hit, they decided to sue, claiming they owned the rights despite not doing shit with them for 10 years.  This week, the judge denied both sides’ request for summary judgment (i.e., declined to decide the case without trial) and set the trial date for January 20th, pushing it dangerously close to the planned March 6 release.

Judge Gary Allen Feess set the new trial date Monday, noting that he’s required to handle a criminal matter on Jan. 6. He also refused to make a pre-trial summary judgment — as requested by both sides — because, he said, the contracts between Fox and “Watchmen” producer Larry Gordon are so open to interpretation that a trial is required.

Fox’s suit, filed in February, contends that it retains distribution rights. It asserts that 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. [Variety]

The shitty thing about this is that a studio can buy the rights to something with no intention of ever making it, if only to keep other studios from making it. In which case anyone who actually wants to see the film adapted is pretty much screwed.  It’s just wrong.  It’s like when I add a new supermodel to my harem; I wouldn’t bother if I didn’t plan on pleasuring her at least twice a day. And by pleasure her, I mean light farts.  The ladies find that hilarious, ‘specially the pretty ones.


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