A Los Angeles federal judge has ruled that 20th Century Fox owns the distribution rights to "Watchmen," representing a setback for Warner Bros.' plans to release the pic in March.
“Fox owns a copyright interest consisting of, at the very least, the right to distribute the ‘Watchmen’ motion picture,” the ruling said.
Judge Gary Allen Feess issued the surprise ruling Wednesday -- a week after setting a Jan. 20 trial date for Fox's suit -- and indicated he would issue a more detailed ruling soon. Warner spokesman Scott Rowe declined to comment.
I guess we'll have to wait to hear what will result from this. The movie is finished. Will Warner Bros. be willing to give up the release of the film after all the money they invested or will they attempt to make a deal with Fox and give them some of the profits? I still find it surprising that it's come to this at this point. Looks like Fox played their cards right in waiting until Warners finished production.