Tuesday, August 19, 2008

The Watchmen Movie gets Cancelled


The Watchmen Movie gets Cancelled

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According to Variety, The Watchmen has been cancelled. No surprise since Paramount has been fighting to bring the budget down for some time. The producers and director have now taken the film and are shopping it to other studios.. so technically its not dead, its just dead at Paramont.

The Watchmen is about the paranoid delusions of a half-insane hero called Rorschach. But is Rorschach really insane or has he in fact uncovered a plot to murder super-heroes and, even worse, millions of innocent civilians? On the run from the law, Rorschach reunites with his former teammates in a desperate attempt to save the world and their lives, but what they uncover will shock them to their very core and change the face of the planet!

Following two generations of masked superheroes from the close of World War II to the icy shadow of the Cold War comes this groundbreaking comic story — the story of The Watchmen.


I hope this bullshit isn't true,I loved the Dark Knight....but a few times I saw it was just to see the Watchmen trailer


Watchmen might be cancelled?

A judge has denied a Warner Bros motion to dismiss 20th Century Fox's lawsuit over Warners' right to make a film based on the graphic novel "Watchmen."

Ruling is potentially a huge victory for Fox, which could wind up as a profit participant in the film, and could cost Warners millions considering the film's box office prospects. However, Fox's legal team says it isn't looking for monetary compensation and instead wants to prevent the big-budget film from being released altogether.

Project, which has been in development for two decades, finally began lensing in September with Zack Snyder at the helm. Warners was set to release the film, which stars Patrick Wilson and Jackie Earle Haley, on March 6th in the same slot in which "300" opened.

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 court has asked the two parties for expedited discovery; generally the discovery process can take up to two years. Because the film has already wrapped and is dated for spring 2009, the judge wants to move forward quickly.

"We will be asking the court to enforce Fox's copyright interests in 'The Watchmen' and enjoin the release of the Warner Bros film and any related 'Watchmen' media that violate our copyright interests in that property," said Fox.

Surprisingly, Fox said it would rather see the film killed instead of collecting a percentage of the box office. "When you have copyright infringement, there are some damages you never recover," said a source close to the litigation.

Fox spent more than $1 million developing "Watchmen" but had not previously taken legal action against the project, which had been in development at Paramount several years ago.


1 comment:

Joe Fechter said...

I saw The Dark Knight again today,and they played the Watchmen trailer! Yes! However those fuckers did it when I was trying to hurry up & get an Icee before the movie...so I missed the first part of the trailer. (I would have not gotten the icee had I known the trailer would be played.) I guess Warner Brothers reached at least a settlement with FOX or mabey the case was thrown out. I wonder what Fran Moore thinks of all thisor mabey he does not give a shit either way?
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