Veteran producer Larry Gordon has fired back in the Watchmen dispute, sending a hefty letter to U.S. District Court Judge Gary Feess laying blame on Fox and this then-lawyers, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Feess' Dec. 24 decision faulted Gordon for not securing proper rights to Watchmen from Fox before setting up shop with Warner Bros. The judge also punished Gordon for his refusal to testify by not allowing his voice to be heard on "any aspect" of the case.
Though Gordon hadn't said a word since Christmas Eve, the producer broke his silence with his letter filed on Wednesday, which claims he has been a victim of "significant public scorn" and that he answered deposition questions "to the best of his knowledge." Feess, however, refused to read the letter, replying later in the day with a brief one-paragraph statement, calling Gordon's letter an "improper communication" in violation of court rules.
Gordon's letter defends his actions during his negotiations with Fox back in the early '90s, as well the litigation. He also devoted several pages to evidence of his responses to deposition questions.
The development comes while the parties gear up to meet with Feess to figure out if an injunction will be issued blocking Warner Bros.' March 6 release. Several sources have claimed the settlement talks are heating up and both studios denied Thursday night that an agreement had been reached.