Trade News | September 3, 2008 | Comments ()
Two things I know for sure: (1) In Hollywood, there’s no such thing as an original idea, and (2) If it looks like you’re sitting on a hit, someone will probably try to sue your ass and claim the story as their own. Those maxims are getting all tangled up in the growing legal rumble surrounding Watchmen, director Zach Snyder’s adaptation of Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons’ phenomenal 1986 graphic novel. Yes, Snyder’s 300 went down the fanboy gullet like fried chicken skin because he managed to somehow make the whole sudden-slo-mo thing seem fresh even though it’s all he had. But Frank Miller’s war story lacks the psychological depth of Moore’s work, so who knows how Snyder will handle it.
Anyway, that’s not even the beef I’m talking about. Warner Bros. — the studio distributing the film and the parent company of DC Comics, the book’s publisher — has been fending off the litigious advances of Fox as the film’s spring release draws closer. Fox sued Warners in February, saying it still held rights to the film under a 1991 claim. The news this week is that a Los Angeles federal judge has set a trial date of Jan. 6 for Fox’s suit, but he also said that Fox shouldn’t even attempt to seek an injunction against the film’s distribution because things are way too complex to bring to a screeching halt.
What does that mean for you? You still get to see Watchmen in March, silly! And in case you have any doubts about my doubts — doubts I hope will be undone by the film — here’s the trailer again as a reminder: