By Ryan Parsons | Image property of Warner Bros, Variety
Looks like Judge Gary Allen Feess likes cutting it close. Well, that or he's enjoying this moment in the spotlight. While the trial for Watchmen was set to begin January 6th, Feess has pushed it back two weeks exactly to January 20th. The move doesn't necessarily favor either side -- Fox or Warner Bros -- as each party was hoping for a pre-trial summary judgment.
Watchmen Trial January 20th
Judge Gary Allen Feess gave two reasons for pushing the trial. First, he's got something else going on with a criminal matter and, second, he admits that the contracts between Fox and Watchmen producer Larry Gordon are so open to interpretation that a trial is required.
Though the change in trial pushes indecision closer to the release of Watchmen, Warner Bros has given no sign that they are even considering knocking the film's theatrical release back.
Just in case you've been out of the loop, Fox filed a suit against Warner Bros back in February claiming that it retains distribution rights to any Watchmen adaptation; though the studio had absolutely no part in producing the film.