Lordy! This Watchmen mess between Fox and Warner Brothers just goes on and on, doesn't it? Back in September, it looked like everyone had been placated when Fox said they didn't want to tank the project and got Adam West's Batman in return. But no, the mess continued and Judge Gary Feess decided Fox does, indeed, have the right to distribute Warner Brothers' Watchmen. Now the latest scuffle has the producers and Feess trading letters and barbs on the Internet and beyond. I can't help but think this would be so much quicker (not to mention more amusing to watch) if everyone just got into the ring and took turns slapping the crap out of each other. Last person standing wins!
Remember that movie that came out last year, where Will Smith was the last man in Manhattan, and he fought vampires? Well, it did really well -- $584 million well, in fact -- so Warner Bros. has commissioned a prequel with Smith and returning director Francis Lawrence, according to Variety. (If you've seen the movie, you know why Smith can't be in a sequel.) The script, which is being developed now, will focus on the final days of mankind in New York as the virus sweeps through, turning everyone but Smith into a cannibal mutant. Although we were shown the sealing off of the island in flashback in the first movie, we didn't see what happened to all of the people who were left, or how Smith came to create his brownstone fortress. But my biggest concern is this: What the hell are they going to call it? I came up with a few ideas, but some of them have already been used for other projects.
We here at the Moviefile been following the Fox vs. Warner Bros. Watchmen legal drama for the last few weeks, holding our collective breath and hoping the March 2009 release date doesn't get pushed back. Or wiped off the calendar completely. Zach was waiting for a "massive, shocking resolution to this conflict" -- I don't know how much of a resolution this is yet, and I don't know if it's massive or shocking, but Comic Book Resources has reported on a pretty surprising development. According to the exclusive, Fox doesn't want to scuttle the project, or make its own Watchmen movie, or even to "[hold] up a rival". As it turns out, what Fox reportedly wants is... the 1960s Batman TV series. See, I told you it was surprising.
Many segments of the retail market are facing financial difficulties these days, and entertainment sales are no exception. After two flat years, 2007 saw the first real decline in DVD sales "since the disc format debuted in 1997." Maybe it's because of the advent of cheap, home-delivered rentals, or maybe people just finally filled up their wobbly DVD racks and ran out of room. Whatever the reason, an article in The New York Times says that Warner Brothers Entertainment recognizes the trouble it's in. But who can they turn to when they're up against a faceless, powerful enemy? Why, superheroes, of course!
Watchmen Court Case Update! The date for the trial to determine the fate of Warner Bros.' Watchmen movie will take place on January 6, according to The Hollywood Reporter. That's exactly two months before the movie is currently scheduled to come out, and Warner has yet to change the date. The timing is fortuitous, considering that both studios were originally requesting movie-scuttling spring and summer dates, but Warner may still choose to push back the release date -- or have the choice made for them. While the judge in the case refused to block the film's release at this early stage, Fox may request an injunction after the discovery phase, where evidence and documents are shared. Or something. This is all really over my head, and I'm kind of waiting for a massive, shocking resolution to this conflict. Hmm... What would Ozymandias do?
He-Man fans have been jerked around for a long time -- pretty much since day one, in fact. They grew to love the early '80s toy line and cartoon despite conflicting backstories, then were rewarded with a fairly ridiculous live-action movie in 1987. Toymaker Mattel's attempt to remake it as a BSG-style sci-fi epic in 1990 was a failure on multiple levels, while its creatively successful 2002 revamp was merely a failure at retail and was prematurely canceled. Last week, fans were anticipating both a new live-action movie from Warner Bros. as well as a new, classically styled toy line; this week, they'll have to content themselves with the toys, because the movie is apparently deader than King Grayskull. ...If you didn't get that reference, then you probably don't care either way.
I'm not a girl who can afford a lot of designer things, but the one thing I indulge myself is a bit of Chanel perfume. And no, I don't smell like your rich aunt -- I'm not a No. 5 girl -- I'm of the younger-smelling Coco Mademoiselle generation. Turns out I'm not the only one forking over the cash for a piece of the young Coco Chanel. In what is probably not a Dante's Peak answer to Lifetime's upcoming Chanel miniseries' Volcano, Warner Brothers has singed on to produce and distribute Coco Before Chanel, a French-language biopic that will focus on the designer's early years.
A title says a lot about a movie. It's often the first thing a potential viewer learns about a project. Long before the actors are cast or a director is even attached, just hearing a title can make us salivate in anticipation or gurgle in dread. I, for example, will rarely ever see a movie with the word "movie" in the title. (I'm looking at you, Disaster Movie. Or, rather, I'm not looking at you.) Two titles are causing something of a stir for Warner Bros. today.
Warner Bros. apparently just got the news that superheroes have the potential to make money. Despite the fact that Marvel Comics characters Spider-Man, Iron Man, the Fantastic Four and the Hulk have been doing gangbusters in theaters over the past few years, it took The Dark Knight grossing over $800 million worldwide to convince Warner that maybe they should be doing more. So they're finally going to move ahead with a new Superman film in the wake of 2006's disastrous Superman Returns, only this time, they're going to emulate TDK and -- you guessed it -- go dark. Because as we all know, what's good for the goose who watched his parents get murdered is good for the gander who was rocketed to Earth as a baby.
Warner Brothers and Fox reached an agreement yesterday involving the release of the Watchmen movie. So now you have more to look forward to this March than getting hammered on green beer and nursing the ensuing hangover. Huzzah! Fox will not co-own or co-distribute the movie, but it will receive a nice chunk of change from the proceeds. Beyond that, "[t]erms of the agreement were not disclosed," but some crumpled-up napkins were found in the trash outside a Los Angeles-area Denny's restaurant that were either the ravings of a someone suffering from a Grand Slam overdose or some preliminary settlement ideas from Fox. I can't tell, but maybe you can.