Watchmen star Jackie Earle Haley has offered his thoughts on why there were never any sequels to the 2009 comic book adaptation directed by Zack Snyder.
In a recent interview with CinemaBlend, the actor who starred as Rorschach was on hand to promote his new series The Tick when he opened about the rights issues that kept Warner Bros. from producing a follow-up:
“I wish they would have gone on. You know, I think they probably would have gone on and done more films with Watchmen, different versions of it, because I think there was enough success that they could have gone back in time or done something with it. But I think the thing that really kind of held it up was the fact that there was this contention of ownership between Warner Bros and Paramount.”
Paramount Pictures held the rights to the property as the studio was developing a film based on a script by David Hayter with Paul Greengrass, however, the project proved to be costly leading to a turnaround where the studio allowed Warner Bros. to produce the film in exchange for a tax write off. The situation worsened when 20th Century Fox sued Warner Bros. for copyright violation claiming producer Lawrence Gordon failed to pay a buyout in 1991 where he was first developing the project with Fox. Fox ultimately won the battle which meant WB would have to share some of the profits with Fox.
Having only earned $185 million globally with a production cost of $130 million, it comes as no great surprise that Warner Bros. wouldn’t want to face the challenge of producing another installment of the franchise.