According to the trades and blogs, Warners and Fox are busy talking behind the scenes to resolve the WATCHMEN spat, and talks are getting…somewhere. Nikki Finke rounds up the news and gossip:
According to court documents, Fox and Warner Bros have conducted the settlement talks since last weekend and made concessions. This is surprising since WB lawyers announced they would continue to fight immediately after Feess announced his intention to rule in favor of Fox for copyight infringement and distribution rights
Insiders tell me that this is the first time both sides are trying to hash out a settlement. Of course, Fox has been complaining all along that its approaches to WB have been rebuffed since long before the movie was even made. But I also heard that WB wouldn’t even engage after federal judge Gary Feess recently announced his intention to rule in Fox’s favor on the copyright infringement and distribution angle. Now, sources tell me, “Warner Bros is finally freaked out.”
Finke also mocks a letter from producer Larry Gordon — it was Gordon’s inability to remember ANYTHING about his dealings which prompted Judge Feess to make a special ruling stating that he wouldn’t pay any attention to anything Gordon said from here on out. However according to THR:
Larry Gordon is tired of being the villain in the “Watchmen” dispute. In an unorthodox move, the veteran producer has fired off a lengthy letter to U.S. District Court Judge Gary Feess blaming Fox and his then-lawyers for the debacle and offering his version of events that led to the court’s ruling that Fox owns distribution rights to the Zack Snyder-helmed comic-book adaptation.
Reading between the lines of all of this, it’s evident that Fox and WB are finally figuring just how much it is going to cost WB for WATCHMEN to come out in March. Frankly, if we do get BATMAN TV show DVDs out of this mess, it will all be worth it.