Someone Explain This To Me
You've heard about this mess with the Watchmen movie? Can anyone tell me what the heck Fox has done wrong here to incur the wrath of all the fans and media?
Here's the brief story for the uninitiated: Fox bought the film rights to the Watchmen graphic novel some ten years ago. They have never done much of anything with them.
Warner Brothers somehow decided they didn't need the rights to Watchmen in order to make a Watchmen movie. So they made one. For a year or so now, movie blogs and fan sites have been salivating over the upcoming film.
Fox then decided to sue Warner Brothers, and from what I can tell the first hearing on the matter saw a judge rule that Fox's case has merit. Fox is said to be seeking either an injunction to keep the film from being released or receive some sizable portion of the profits.
Then all hell broke loose online. Aint It Cool has been bashing Fox for this, whipping their fan readers into a frenzy (that's just one article... there have been four or five Aint It Cool articles whining and moaning about this).
Some writer from Cracked.com wrote an open letter inviting Fox to "eat all the dicks," which, while funny, is no more mature and logic-based an argument than a third grader calling a fellow student a "doody-head."
You can see more similar sentiments here and here.
You should know that my world view is largely conservative and I tend to lean on logic over emotion when analyzing things.
It should come as no surprise then, that I'm left scratching my head here. What in the heck has Fox supposedly done wrong?
Fox owns the rights. Warner gives them the finger and makes the film anyway, Fox sues, and somehow the fans hate Fox?
Let me tell you why that is... because fans could give a crap about the rules. Fans just want what they want. They want a Watchmen movie. The fans are basically acting like toddlers who just had their rattle taken away. Gimmie, gimmie... I want... I need!
I never read the Watchmen. Honestly never even heard of it until this movie was made. But I understand there to be a vast and loyal following. I understand they've waited years for someone to make a movie, that they got their hopes up when Fox bought the rights only to have them dashed by 10 years of Fox sitting on the project, and that they got excited when Warners made the film. And now they feel like the rug has been pulled out from under them.
Too bad. Laws are thankfully not based on comic-book-fanboy longings and emotions... but rather, you know... what's legal and stuff. But fans could care less about the law... they just want their precious Watchmen--heck, most of these fans will probably download the movie illegally once it comes out... they do not care about what's right.
Warners is the studio the fans should be pissed at... for getting their hopes up on the film without doing basic due diligence on securing the rights. Any other view is just sour grapes. This is the same Warners that is one of the most aggressive Hollywood studios in tracking down and disrupting movie pirates--so if it's them holding the rights to something, and someone else profiting from it, they'll lean on the law. But if it's another studio protecting their rights, it's totally wrong, man. Whatever.
Warners is George Costanza after getting caught having sex with the cleaning lady: "Should I not have done that? Was that wrong? I gotta plead ignorance here. If anyone had told me that sort of thing was frowned upon..."
Anyone here have any insight into this conflict that might make me rethink things? Because it seems pretty clear cut to me.