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Old Jun 25, 2006, 05:36 AM   #1
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Watchmen

(I could have sworn there was a thread for this but searched and found nothing - Sith please merge if I've missed it).

For those that don't know: Watchmen is a short comic series by Alan Moore (the guy that wrote V for Vendetta) which takes a realistic view of a world with superheros (they become outlawed as vigilanties and are only able to work in an official capacity) before the Invincibles were even a glint in their creators eye.

Essentially Watchmen deals with the aftermath of the legislation that forced superheros out of business (or into hiding). Some have become succesful global business figures, other's work within intelligence or as government scientists, some have just plain retired - but there's one who refuses to stop. In a way, it hides behind the facade of a crime story, where one lone masked "hero" is trying to discover why many former hero's are meeting untimely ends in a rather 'conincidental' timely fashion. It uses that journey to explore the themes and ideas of personal responsibilty, rejection, government interference, morality, independance, ego, fear, failure and more.

In short Watchmen is that series every comic reader would probably tell you to read. So unsuprisingly it's been in movie developement hell for years. Now Zach Snyder is linked as director, with Alex Tse writting (Hollywood Reporter). Snyder has been doing Frank Miller's 300, but then he also did Dawn of the Dead (2004).

Apparently Gilliam was attached at some point (scifi.com), now that would have been interesting. First thought, that would have been a bad mix, but if it were done from Rorschach's viewpoint couldn't think of anyone better.
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Old Jun 25, 2006, 11:43 AM   #2
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Alan Moore will hate it, he won't even watch it, probably

I read some of it a couple of years ago, but couldn't get through it (had no time, library book and too much to do ). I'll have to give it another go at some point...

(Zach Snyder ... liked DOTD remake, but not sure about this one ... will think again after i've read it properly ...)
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Old Jun 25, 2006, 09:07 PM   #3
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David Hayter - as in "Hey, wasn't he the voice of Solid Snake in Metal Gear Solid?" David Hayter - was attached to this as a writer for a long time, but, to be honest, I agree with the consensus opinion that this is essentially unfilmable. There's too much going on, too many parallel narratives, and it's all woven too tightly together to chop one thing without killing another.
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Old Jun 26, 2006, 03:43 AM   #4
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David Hayter was The Guyver, too, you know. Now that was an awful film
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Old Jun 26, 2006, 07:34 PM   #5
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I'll see that geeky reference, and raise you a "He's one of the cops in the Statue of Liberty" in X Men.
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Old Jun 26, 2006, 07:36 PM   #6
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You win

<<will have to rewatch that at the soonest opportunity now >>
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Old Jun 27, 2006, 04:17 AM   #7
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I'll see that geeky reference, and raise you a "He's one of the cops in the Statue of Liberty" in X Men.

He also plays Captain America in several different Marvel cartoon shows.
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Old Jun 27, 2006, 05:44 AM   #8
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I read Watchmen just a short while ago and loved it. It does seem like it couldn't really be translated into a movie, it works so well in the comic book medium with the occasional exposition or newspaper article on their past lives.

I wonder if an animated mini-series would work.
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Old Jun 29, 2006, 11:27 AM   #9
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There was a rumour that Jude Law was attached to the project to play Veit
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Old Mar 17, 2007, 05:18 PM   #10
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Huh so Zach Snyder is the guy who's just done 300 (Frank Miller Spartans in leather lion cloths). Still no clarification on who's actually in it but there was a test image released of the masked Rorschach which is actually one of the assitant producers on 300.


This image can be found in the trailer of 300 apparently - 1min 52 secs in. Someone knows how to play the internet...

(Info from Empire, Image from Filmjunk)
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Old Aug 22, 2007, 12:47 PM   #11
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Apparently it's going to be a shot-for-shot adaptation. How on earth are they going to do the extracts from the autobiography then?
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Old Aug 22, 2007, 01:14 PM   #12
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Wasn't Watchmen the original graphic novel? I do recall it being this huge deal that DC comics was putting out an adult comic, not adult as in porn, but adult as in rated R instead of PG.

I had a bound copy and read it a couple of times and was never all that impressed with it. It was farily dull most of the way through as it tried to run numerous story arcs. Rorshach was a very cool character but the rest was very soap opera-ish.
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Old Aug 22, 2007, 02:43 PM   #13
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Read it again.
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Old Aug 24, 2007, 03:26 PM   #14
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I still have a copy of it, found it last night.
Ah, the smily face with the drop of blood smeared on it...

Still doesn't look all that exciting.
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Old Aug 28, 2007, 11:44 PM   #15
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I read it when I was twenty and thought, too, that it was not very interesting, then reread it a couple of years ago and loved it. I thought that I loved it the second time because I was older and my tastes had improved, but maybe they just deteriorated. Maybe I'll read it again soon and see if I think any differently.
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