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01-23-2005, 01:51 AM
Read the last few bits about it's development over at A.I.C.N, just stuff about musical directors so far. Haven't heard anything about a script for it yet. I first read it when I bought it as a gift for a friend which was a long time ago. Was totally blown way by it, read it in a sitting and not just because I had to get it wrapped. I picked up my own copy the other day and went through it again, picking up on all kinds of goodies this time. I think it was even more brilliant the second time around.
Any opinions on how a H-wood verison would go...or if it could go at all???
01-23-2005, 04:57 AM
When Terry Gilliam was attached, he envisioned it as a trilogy of movies. I think anything short of that will not do the source material justice.
I have read WATCHMEN a dozen times and still find something new and fresh in it.
01-23-2005, 07:14 PM
If they do right by V for Vendetta, it will rank high in the pantheon for me. Watchmen was great too, but V is topical as all hell right now, and should have oodles of relevance and pathos and all that good stuff.
01-23-2005, 10:17 PM
I have no idea how they will get 90% of the internal dialogue "Rorschach alone" into this film. Their are several levels of story they could take from, and I'm guessing they'll focus on one of the stories, as trying to sum it all up would be impossible. This graphic was great, and was very much already made for film. I just don't see how it could come in under 6 hours :-)
01-24-2005, 01:43 PM
Rorshacks dialogue is about #9 on my personal list of 3 dozen things I don't know how they'll pull off. With Spiderman and X-men still going strong and other big titles still coming out you know the comic trend is probably stronger than ever. I'm trying to think how they'll "rush it out". I know it's floated around for a while now but I can't help but think it might be getting a push soon. I'm not even sure who's developing it actually.
So many characters, so many story-lines. Dark themes and moutains of sub-text and sub-plot. Don't forget the ending...who'se got the balls to greenlight putting that in front of audiences. I see it getting chopped to pieces and dumbed down to an unimaginable low.
01-24-2005, 02:45 PM
Yep. Personally, I think it'll get pushed as far as it can go, before it'll get dumped back on a shelf. While it's a great story, it's just not made for film. And, honest;y, as a trilogy, which has been suggested, it'd be even worse. Who knows?!?!
The scripts I keep seeing have a totally different ending and really do not revolve around Rorschach to the extent the graphic novel does.
01-26-2005, 03:55 AM
Really? Where have you seen a watchmen script? Is it even close to 120 pages?
02-07-2005, 11:51 AM
I read the script. It was over 120pp. (maybe
135 or so).
I was completely unfamiliar with the graphic
novel, so I cannot compare the script to its
source material. I don't know what has
changed from book to script.
I can compare it to other similar scripts - like
THE INCREDIBLES or the unproduced POWERS.
Overall, it had a lot of good beats and some
colorful characters (like DR. MANHATTAN) but
I didn't think it was a complete success. It
is quite ambitious and fun - but not as good
as the two scripts mentioned above, IMO
(both probably inspired by WATCHMEN).
Nor is it as good as X MEN II or SPIDERMAN
II. But it could pull together through rewrites.
It definitely has the potential.
Paul "The Bourne Supremacy" Greengrass
is attached to direct.
They are currently casting.
02-07-2005, 03:10 PM
How's that POWERS screenplay? Did Bendis write it?
02-07-2005, 05:03 PM
I liked the script for POWERS. It poked fun
at the "superhero" fascination without being
I don't read comics or graphic novels (unless
I have to) so I'm unfamiliar with Bendis or his
work in that genre. The adaptation could be
unfaithful, but the script itself is a solid
The screenplay I read was written by
Carlo Bernard and Doug Miro.
02-17-2005, 07:10 AM
03-01-2005, 03:24 AM
You're definitely right. Both "Powers" and "The Incredibles" are inspired by "The Watchmen," though I suspect less so with the Pixar film seeing as how it is a family movie (a damn good one) and "The Watchmen" is about as adult and spectacularly brilliant as you can get for a comic.
I haven't read the scripts for either "Powers" or "The Watchmen," but I hope the former holds true to its "NYPD Blue"-meets-"Superman" feel. And though its true the latter demands a trilogy, I don't know if its structure would allow for one. At least not a satisfying one. I think writer David Hayter (who wrote X-Men 1) will do a good job laying the blueprints for a 2.5 hour movie.
You're definitely right. Both "Powers" and "The Incredibles" are inspired by "The Watchmen"
I disagree, as the same themes and ideas present in Watchmen have been around for a while before the series was published. Watchmen just put an exclamation mark on the whole "super heroes driven away/retired/killed" deconstruction phase.
03-19-2005, 02:16 AM
I think the best way to do it would be as a series on HBO, maybe ten episodes. If each episode had the same budget as an episode of THE SOPRANOS, the time to develop the story in the right way, and the freedom of working on cable, then it could really get into all the layers that make the novel so beautiful.
Just one guy's opinion.
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