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:
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.