Watchmen Court Battle Nears

Warner Bros. Pictures has asked for the decision regarding the injunction against “Watchmen” to be moved up according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Fox and Warner Bros. had agreed to let Judge Gary A. Feess decide whether to issue an injunction at a meeting on January 20th, but Warners wants the hearing be moved up to as early as Monday due to critical timing in regards to the film’s marketing.

Feess made a preliminary ruling on Christmas Eve that producer Lawrence Gordon failed to acquire Fox’s entire interest in Watchmen, thereby leaving Fox with distribution rights under a 1994 turnaround agreement.

If the injunction is granted, Warners would be barred from releasing the film though it likely would appeal immediately. Feess has encouraged the parties to settle the dispute.