You may recall that earlier this year a lawsuit was filed against Warner Brothers by Fox, who claimed to own at least partial rights to the Watchmen movie. As is often the case with all things legal, it has taken a while for the courts to even look at the case, but this week a judge decided that the lawsuit has merit and won’t simply be dismissed. The thing is, at this point we’ve all seen the Watchmen trailer, and a lot of people have started to get very excited about this movie. Now fans are pissed that Fox is trying to take their Watchmen movie away from them.
There seems to be some debate over what exactly Fox is hoping to get out of the deal. The most obvious solution to the problem is that Fox becomes a production partner and ends up with a cut of the profits. However, according to Variety, Fox would “rather see the film killed instead of collecting a percentage of the box office”. Seems a little selfish, don’t you think?
The upshot of all this is that geeks across the web are once again banding together and trying to find a way to make their voices heard. Unlike the ridiculous Weinstein boycott over Fanboys, which had a few moviegoers skipping out on a movie they weren’t going to see anyway, this time around some people are actually talking about ways to harm Fox financially by recording and posting bootleg copies of their upcoming movie X-Men Origins: Wolverine when it hits theatres. Take that Fox! Once again, it’s pretty childish and won’t likely have any real impact, but at least it will get the point across… don’t mess with our comic book movies! Personally I can’t see Watchmen’s release getting blocked at this point. It’s too far along and there’s simply too much money at stake. Thoughts?