Watchmen legal battle could end today

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<i>Watchmen</i> legal battle could end today

The bitter legal feud over the Warner Bros. adaptation of Watchmen could be resolved as early as today.

Rodney Perkins of Film Esq. notes that attorneys for 20th Century Fox and Warner Bros. filed a request yesterday with U.S. District Judge Gary A. Feess for a hearing at 3:30 p.m. “to report on a final resolution or, alternatively, to discuss how to proceed on January 20, 2009.”

According to the document, the studios began settlement talks on Dec. 29, just five days after Feess ruled that Fox owns a copyright interest in Watchmen because of a tangled development history that dates back to the late 1980s.

Early last week the two sides agreed to allow Feess to decide in a planned Jan. 20 hearing whether Fox could block the release of the $130-million movie.

However, negotiations reportedly “got serious” last weekend after the judge postponed a settlement hearing so the studios could meet further.

If the studios come to an agreement, Watchmen will be released on March 6.

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