By Ryan Parsons | Image property of Warner Bros, DarkHorizons
While this week is bound to be dedicated to Quantum of Solace and Star Trek -- thanks to its upcoming trailer -- we shouldn't forget about some of the other tentpoles. One such film impossible to forget is Watchmen, and Zack Snyder has recently surfaced to talk a bit about it.
Just in case you've been living under a rock, a bunch of screening reports surfaced back in October for Watchmen after the film screened in Oregon. It turns out that, no matter how much positive buzz the film had going into the test screening(s), director Zack Snyder was still nervous. Not that we blame him, considering that the hype around the graphic novel adaptation is some of the highest for 2009.
He also had Warner Bros. hoping for 300-like responses, which Snyder thought might be tough to beat when looking at Watchmen's source material. In a recent discussion with DarkHorizons, Snyder had this to say:
Of course much of the online fan buzz lately has been about a test screening that took place a few weeks ago in Portland. Having gone through two test screenings for "300", the process is one Snyder admits he still finds "nerve-wracking", especially considering his track record - "We had the best test scores in the history of Warner Bros. with '300' and I kept telling them look the movie is not like 300, don't think that it is - it's not going to be the same experience. Some people are going to go 'what the f**k is this' and I go that's ok. That's the thing that you fight... The one thing that was cool was that anyone who had read the graphic novel who was at the screening rated the film 'excellent', for me I'm like 'I'm done'."
Snyder goes on to discuss his hard fought for runtime of just under three hours (2:42) and how he is having a blast putting the film's soundtrack together. Check out the entire interview here.