08 June 2005

Nobody Watches The Watchmen

Hey guys, it's Donnie...it's been a LOOONG day full of updates and I promised a full length rant about this last week. Well....ya'll are gonna hafta wait a little longer cuz right now I'm wiped and I have to go to Job #2 in a little bit. I'm looking forward to a little Casino Royale and hopefully some Razor's Edge as well. I love having a job where I get to watch like six movies a week. Thank God for Netflix.

Anyway, this came over the wire yesterday and I know that some of you are really interested in what's going on in the world of the Watchmen. Well, right now..........not a whole lot. Seems Paramount couldn't resolve their budgetary concerns with their doubts as to the box office viability of the property and they've since dropped the project.

But FEAR NOT! Paul Greengrass and Co. are holding steadfast. The entire preproduction crew is still in place, along with the spectacular script and they are now shopping the project around to other production comapanies. Maybe they should pull a Microsoft and have their couriers dress up like Rorshach...

In the wake of my recent rant about projects getting rushed through to production before they're ready to go, I actually have absolutely no problem with Paramount passing on Watchmen (even if they essentially chose to produce Mission Impossible 3 instead) because I feel that it's just another step to getting this film made right. We don't want to see Watchmen rushed through to production and hamstringed by less-than-adequate budget. (Paramount wanted to do it for under $100 million, which I can't imagine would effer be sufficient.)

Like I said, I'll go into Watchmen in greater detail later, but right now I really feel that the team in place is the right team to make this movie the way it should be made, and if I have to wait a few more months or even a year, then I'll wait, and wait happily.

Stay tuned for my thoughts on Layer Cake and Lords of Dogtown, two films that, despite their various issues, I immensely enjoyed.


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