Sunday, January 25, 2009

Warchmen legal nonsense settled

So a lots been going on in the geek film world, but one of the best pieces of news in a while is the word that Warner's and FOX have finally resolved their conflict over the Watchmen film.

If you'll remember it was over a rights issue. Basically FOX had the rights to the comic, Warner's the film, but it wasn't clear that Warner's could made the film without the consent of FOX. You have to wonder, since the suit wasn't even brought up publicly until after the film was well in the can if FOX knew about it all along and just wanted to wait for Warner to foot the bill then sweep in and take a cut, or if it really was just an oversight. Regardless, it looks like that's just about exactly whats happened as FOX and Warner reached a settlement deal, behind closed doors, before the judge had to make a public decision, most likely ordering Warner's to pay up anyhow. The really good part about this news: there will be no delay, no hesitations nothing to hinder or impede the release of the film now. So ultimately, we're the ones that win out. Although that said, I've no doubt some legal heads have rolled over this snafu at Warners.

From the trades though it seems the two companies are putting on an amicable face to the public. Care of Latino Review ne the trades, "Warner Bros. acknowledges that Fox acted in good faith in bringing its claims, which were asserted prior to the start of principal photography," the statement read. "Fox acknowledges that Warner Bros. acted in good faith defending against those claims."

See how nice and friendly that sounds... everyone wins, especially us. yay!

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