No adaptation has had the ups and downs experienced by the once-Greengrass adaptation of The Watchmen. We first heard that the script was 'faithful', the budget was immense, and Paramount was game to create something spectacular.
Initial marketing banner from Paramount.
However, soon after all the hype we were alerted that the budget was cut, Greengrass was out and then, as the final nail in the coffin, Paramount pulled out completely.
Two months ago we had mentioned that Watchmen (forget the 'The') may have found some support with Warner Bros, something that has come true only recently. However, though the film has caught a new breath of life, don't expect everything to be picture perfect.
Who Has The Watchmen Now?
It seems that Warner Bros is ready to begin further capitalizing on the new era of comic book adaptations and, with the positive buzz now behind the adaptation of Alan Moore's V for Vendetta, the studio is ready to again use Moore as their own secret weapon. Doing so, the obvious first project for Warner Bros will be the already-developed Watchmen adaptation that still carries a script that has been deemed faithful to the story. However, instead of using the resources already available, Warner Bros is game to throw the Watchmen script (written by
David Hayter) out and offer an open writing assignment.
IGN Filmforce recently caught up with David Hayter to get his thoughts on the decision by Warner Bros:
"As for the script going up as an open writing assignment, I have not heard that definitively, but it wouldn't particularly surprise me," Hayter advised IGN. "I would, of course, be disappointed, and do not personally feel that this is a necessary step, as the screenplay is pretty perfect as it is. However, the same concerns raised at other studios have been raised at the WB (i.e., too complex, too dark, too many characters) and after five years of work on this project, I am no longer willing to continue messing with material that I have meticulously developed for the past half a decade just to please another timid studio. I believe that Watchmen must be embraced wholly for what it is – a complex, hyper-intelligent epic – rather than turned into something simpler for studio comfort. In the latter case, it should not be made at all.
"If another writer wants to undertake that route, then I wish them the best, and fervently hope the film is not ruined as a result. As a fan, I did not revive interest in this project only to see it go the way of Daredevil. That said, I know that both Larry Gordon and Lloyd Levin's integrity and belief in this project is solid, and I wish them all the success in the world."
Sure, some of the ideas suggested by Warner Bros do seem a bit sketchy but, if they were willing to give Watchmen a giant budget like it so deserves, let's give them a chance and see where they can take us.
Check out the entire report on Watchmen at IGN.
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