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Discussion in 'DC Comics Films' started by Rezzo, Feb 12, 2008.
Do you guys think this will affect the production in anyway?
i'm sure they'll settle out of court...again I do have to say Fox is very sneaky about this.
And I swear to you, I think this was prompted by the recent Lord of the Rings lawsuit..
I also find it curious that only iesb has it.
Either this is:
1) Bull****, or
2) Fox is playing hardball with a projection that has been in development for years, and really just want to settle on their terms.
Only the 2nd requires elaboration.
The mere fact that they waited so long to file a claim sort of undermines their case. That is, unless WB and Fox have been quietly -- and in good faith -- attempting to hash this out for the past 18 months.
In other words, if Fox's claim were so serious, then they would have brought it before the court as soon as WB began work on pre-production.* This will be the first question any judge will have: if WB were developing Fox's property, then why didn't Fox raise these issues with the court before WB began pouring $100 million into this film?
I doubt that there is much precedence for a court halting production on a film this far along into the process. Worse case scenario is that WB coughs up some scratch to Rupert Murdoch (and it WON'T come out of the film's budget, people!)
* I knew when this was happening; so did you, and so did 20th Century Fox.
I updated my post with The Hollywood Reporter article.
I spoke too soon.
I don't know if Fox can stop the production, really. I've seen any case of this nature happening with a big movie like this. They're too deep into it. If Fox gets their way because they make bad 88 minute movies, then there's a freakin' curse. Or at least, someone is pushing for a curse, and that someone is Rothman.
Thanks for the update, Rezzo...
It's clear what the "unspecified damages" are, no? It's the "buyout" that Fox feels like it got screwed out of. That, and attorneys fees, and the cash-equivalent of gravy. Whether someone at WB really ****ed up, or Fox is all wet, we can't really be sure. I can't imagine how this would interrupt production, as I don't see a judge actually granting the restraining order and halting production. This thing will get resolved, and the courts will obviously have to get involved to some degree. But no judge will see that it's in anyone's best interest to halt production and put a whole lot of people out of work just because Fox wants some cash. They will get their cash. If the film is 86'ed, then Fox cannot possibly get their cash, because the film can't won't be able to make money if it can't get into theaters. It's that simple.
you're right, sad leutaenant.
More publicity for the film.
Doesn't Fox have enough comic book properties to mangle?
Something just doesn't seem right. Especially with production this far in development.
The sooner they get money in this, the faster they'll get back to raping said franchises.
I hope Fox won't get this. Rothman will just arserape it.
Is it me, or is just about everything 20th Century Fox does really really evil ?
Lol, my thoughts exactly.
this sucks WB should have been more aware and Fox should've said something sooner!
They'll resolve the thing outside the court.
The sum Fox was expecting shouldn't be that high.
I hate FOX!
"Doesn't Fox have enough comic book properties to mangle?"
As long as Rothman is there, I WONT be seeing ANY of their comic book films.
Why would they do that when they can make one of their chief competitors waste $150,000,000 and THEN say something?
LOL, I thought the same thing. If it wasn't enough that Fox was ruining comic book movies, they have to try to ruin one from WB that has the potential of being really good.
Why is Fox doing this now, when Watchmen is so far into development. If Fox was really serious about this they would have done something when the film was announced.
This better not damage the Watchmen film in any way - i think Watchmen is going to be great, and WB are going to do a much better job making the film than Fox would ever have.
Oy this sucks.
Fox has no shame and their level of greed is unmatched in this industry.
This is such bull****...waiting this long and out of nowhere to just try and sue.
the lawsuit makes no sense because Fox waited until now to do it. Not only that, remember Paramount was in pre-production with Watchmen almost 3 years ago, and Fox didn't anything about it either.
Infact, for the past decade, Watchmen has been bouncing back and forth non-stop, from studio to studio. So why didn't Fox do anything about it back then?