An attorney for 20th Century Fox says the studio still plans to seek an order delaying the release of the movie version of the graphic novel “Watchmen,” according to the Associated Press.
The AP reports that U.S. District Court Judge Gary Feess last week ruled that Warner Bros. had infringed Fox’s copyright by developing and shooting the film, which is set to be released March 6 and is one of the most anticipated films of the year.
Feess said Monday he plans to hold a trial Jan. 20 to decide remaining issues, according to the AP.
“Watchmen” has been in development for years. Fox filed suit in February, claiming it never full let go of the story rights it obtained in the late 1980s. Warner Bros. contends Fox isn’t entitled to distribution.
According to the AP, Warner Bros.’ attorney said Monday he didn’t know if an appeal was coming, but thinks a trial is necessary and a settlement unlikely.
I still say it’s ridiculous for Fox to start from scratch with its own film version when fervent fans have thrown their support behind the Warner Bros. version. I’m holding out hope that the right dollar figure can be reached to avoid any delays to the release.
“Watchmen” is directed by “300″ helmer Zack Snyder and stars Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Billy Crudup, Matthew Goode, Carla Gugino and Jackie Earle Haley.