Rejoice and be merry, oh fanboys, and crack open a bottle of Romulan ale in celebration. The Watchmen legal dispute has settled, and everything is on course for the film’s release on March 6.

20th Century Fox had been claiming breach of copyright by the film’s makers, Warner Bros, on the basis of two agreements made in 1991 and 1994. After the judge trying the case ruled in Fox’s favour on an important preliminary point on Christmas Eve, negotiations for settlement between the two studios went into overdrive, and they finally came to an agreement yesterday. The settlement will see Warners pay Fox an unspecified sum upfront, and then give them an unspecified share of the film’s profits.

Those sums are ‘unspecified’ because the studios are keeping silent on the details of the deal, but it’s known that the sums involved are in the tens of millions of dollars rather than the pennies and dimes. The only statement released is that below:

“Warner Bros. and Twentieth Century Fox have resolved their dispute regarding the rights to the upcoming motion picture Watchmen in a confidential settlement. Warner Bros acknowledges that Fox acted in good faith in bringing its claims, which were asserted prior to the start of principal photography. Fox acknowledges that Warner Bros. acted in good faith in defending against those claims. Warner Bros. and Fox, like all Watchmen fans, look forward with great anticipation to this film’s March 6 release in theatres.”

So it’s all hearts and kisses in Hollywood today, and time to let the healing process begin, people. Who watches the Watchmen? Why, everyone!

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