Qui Custodiet…

January 7, 2009

So, for those of us who still have a secret stash of The Watchmen comic books (hands up), this looks to be a winner on the day:

(can’t embed for some reason so click to enjoy the sumptuous goodness… hat tip: Ain’t it Cool)

That’s the Japanese trailer – it has some great bits I haven’t seen before.

Unfortunately, it’s entirely possible that this movie will never see the light of day. Why?

It’s all about Fox.

Fox, you see, owns the rights to the movie of The Watchmen. It’s owned the for years (couple of decades) and has done diddly squat with said rights.

Nothing, nada, zip, zilch.

Warner Bros, which has made the film, contends that Fox didn’t exercise its rights back in The Day, and that it bought the rights to make the film and blah blah, zippity doo dah, lawyers at ten paces.

The judge has ruled in favour of Fox, which is now rubbing its hands with glee at the idea of getting a cut of what looks like a much better film than Fox would have made.

Either way, there won’t be much marketing for the film, there won’t be as much in the way of promotional work, there won’t be much of anything because Warners won’t want Fox to get the money and Fox won’t let Warners do anything unless it gets its share.

I doubt Warners is entirely blameless in all this, but I point my fat chubby finger at Fox and I’m not the only one.

This should come as no surprise to anyone who has followed Fox’s various obnoxiousnesses in the past.

So I’m sure the movie will appear, but it won’t do as well as it could or should and if Fox decides to add in a new ending, what’s to stop them? From my reading, nothing much at all.

Joss Whedon: Get out while you still can! Get out, and run, and don’t stop and don’t look back and keep running. Run as if all the lawyers in the Dante’s Inferno are after you because, let’s face it, they are.

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5 Responses to “Qui Custodiet…”

  1. Mysterious Dave Mather Says:

    If I read the Variety article right, the Warner will release the movie on 6 March 2009, and damned the consequences. While Fox has the right to distribute the movie, based on a claim that was unexploited while two other studios looked at the project before Warner Bros got it and made a movie.

    I’m hoping that the movie will be screened and the cash will be argued over in the years to come. That is the more sensible option, otherwise there will be no cash to argue over.

    This may only be hopeful thinking, I’m really looking forward to this movie.

    Damn Fox…

  2. audent Says:

    There does seem to be hope that Fox won’t mess the movie around, although it’s been delayed I hear … but given the way they like to re-re-re-re-think things (assuming it’s thought and not a casting of bones kind of thing) I wouldn’t be too surprised if they didn’t try it on just before release.

  3. Mysterious Dave Mather Says:

    As the comic is never in my local public library, because it is always out, reserved, or being lost somewhere, I thought that I would check how much the ‘Watchmen’ would cost in Whitcolls (damned Xmas gift vouchers)

    $151.99, according to this web page. http://books.whitcoulls.co.nz/watchmen/ISBN9781401207137

    I just got off the phone from Borders, $47.99.

  4. audent Says:

    or I can dig my select few of original stillinthebags out and send them down. Either or.

    OOOH! Someone found this blog by searching for Mysterious Dave Mather Movie.

    Yer famous.

  5. Mysterious Dave Mather Says:

    Good Lord!

    The essence of my mysteriousness is under threat.


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