It's been more than two months since we heard a peep about the "Watchmen" lawsuit -- so long, in fact, that we had almost forgotten it was still an issue. However, Variety reports that there has indeed been some new movement on the case, which pits 20th Century Fox against Warner Bros in a battle over the rights to the project.
Unfortunately, the recent movement doesn't shed any more light on which side will win out, or whether we'll still be able to look forward to "Watchmen" hitting theaters March 6.
In the latest turn of events, the Los Angeles federal judge presiding over the case has moved the trial date back two weeks to January 20, and more importantly, has refused to issue the "pre-trial summary judgment" that both Fox and Warner Bros request. Such a judgment would have eliminated the need for a trial, which could last a significant amount of time and threaten Warner Bros' intended release date for the film.
In denying their request, Judge Gary Allen Feess said the contracts and terms in question were so vague that a full trial was necessary to determine where the rights to the project truly reside.
Back in October, "Watchmen" director Zack Snyder wasn't able to provide much info about the trial and its potential effect on his film's release date, but some have claimed that all of the legal wrangling over "Watchmen" could be tied to the rights of the 1960s "Batman" television series, which also involve a dispute between Fox and Warner Bros.
For those who haven't been following along, Fox was the original owner of the rights to "Watchmen," and is arguing that even though nothing materialized from their ownership of the rights, ownership did not transfer to "Watchmen" producer Larry Gordon and DC/Warner Bros, who originally published the "Watchmen" graphic novel by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons. Despite the impending trial, Warner Bros has stood by its intended March 6 release for the live-action adaptation of "Watchmen."
What does this mean for "Watchmen"? Your guess is as good as ours, folks! So tell us what you're thinking in the comment section!