Warner Bros. And Fox Settle "Watchmen" Film Legal Dispute
Fri, 16 Jan 2009

"Watchmen" can finally be watched by fans on its scheduled release date. Warner Bros and Fox have resolved their legal tussle over the superhero film's distribution right.

Both studios are scheduled to present their agreement to Judge Gary Feess and request that the case be dismissed.

The terms of the settlement were not disclosed, although it is believed that Warner will pay a considerable amount and a percentage of the film's box office gross to Fox.

Fox will not be a co-distributor of the film, nor will it co-own the "Watchmen" property.

The studios said in a joint statement, "Warner Bros. and Twentieth Century Fox have resolved their dispute regarding their rights to the upcoming motion picture 'Watchmen' in a confidential settlement. Warner Bros acknowledges that Fox acted in good faith in bringing its claims, which were asserted prior to the start of principal photography."

"Fox acknowledges that Warner Bros acted in good faith in defending against those claims Warner Bros and Fox, like all 'Watchmen' fans, look forward with great anticipation to this film's March 6 release in theaters."

Fox sued Warner in February for copyright infringement, claiming they own the distribution rights of the film based on their agreement with producer Larry Gordon. On December 24, the judge ruled that Gordon did not secure proper rights to the film from Fox before he sold it to Warner.

Warner is said to be going after Gordon and his attorneys to reimburse the costs of the settlement.

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