WatchmenWatch: Lloyd Levin and attorneys for Larry Gordon have some thoughts on the case

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WatchmenWatch: Lloyd Levin and attorneys for Larry Gordon have some thoughts on the case

Fri Jan 09, 2009 @ 01:02AM PST

By Matthew Belloni

Larry-gordon We're still a few days from a ruling on whether Warner Bros. can release "Watchmen" as planned on March 6, so two producers of the film are helpfully offering their candid opinions on the case.

Attorneys for Larry Gordon (left), whose 1991 and 1994 agreements with Fox form the basis of the case, submitted a letter to Judge Gary Feess on Wednesday blaming Fox and Gordon's then-lawyers at the Bloom firm for getting him (and Warners) into this mess. Gordon, who took a beating in Feess' now-infamous Christmas Eve ruling for not responding to deposition questions, argues that he did, in fact, answer what was asked of him, and that he doesn't recall much from the negotiaions. That's why he hired respected entertainment lawyers, actually.    

Unfortunately for Gordon, Feess refused to read the letter, issuing a short minute order citing Local Rule 83-2.11, which prohibits such communications with the judge.

Then Thursday producer Lloyd Levin unleashed his own tirade on Fox, recounting for the website Hitfix his 15 years of trying to bring the comic book to the screen and what he descibes as Fox's repeated disinterest in the project. It's an interesting and emotional read, although it doesn't really address the legal issues. Gordon and Levin must be fuming as they watch this circus of a case unfold.  

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