First, the bad news. On January 20th, the fate of fans will once again rest in the hands of US District Court Judge Gary Allen Feess. In court papers filed on Monday, both Fox and Warner Bros. have agreed to let the federal judge decide–foregoing a jury trial. Judging by Feess’ prior rulings, I’d say this doesn’t play in The WB’s favor.
With the Judge having already ruled that Fox owns the rights to Watchmen, all that’s left are the details. Paramount is already handling the Watchmen international release and day-and-date openings in major markets, so up for grabs is the release date in the U.S. Although Warner Bros. has not backed off the March 6 date, it may not be up to them. If the Judge plays in Fox’s favor again, Fox can determine when American audiences get a chance to see the Watchmen–or block the film’s release entirely.
Though this is unlikely, but completely possible, Jan. 20 can’t come soon enough.
Now onto the good news!
Despite the legal woes, a new Watchmen featurette is online for your enjoyment. All new footage of the Minutemen, the original 1940’s superhero group, is the highlight of Watchmen‘s Video Journal #10.
Simply entitled “The Minutemen,” it features commentary from the production crew’s costume designer Michael Wilkinson and still photographer Clay Enos, as well as an in-depth from director Zack Snyder, producer Deborah Snyder, Jackie Earle Haley (Rorschach), and the original graphic novel artist Dave Gibbons.
Take a brief travel back in time and see Hooded Justice and Captain Metropolis:
Until further noted, Watchmen is scheduled for a March 6, 2009 release.
Source: L.A. Times, Empire