20 December 2005

Fire Up That Owl Ship!! Watchmen Ain't Dead Yet!!

Hey guys, it's Donnie...So, we've got good news and we've got bad news:

The good news is that producers Lloyd Levin and Larry Gordon have breathed life back into the chronically defunct Watchmen film. After Paramount ditched their property last year, the two have been shopping it around and it's now being widely reported that a production deal has been made with Warner Brothers, the studio that seems to have made a miraculous recovery from the days of Schumacher nipple hell. If they can handle this property as well as they seem to be handling the Batman and Superman franchises, well, that thought honestly instills alot of confidence in me.

The bad news, however, is that it appears that they're set on starting from scratch. When the film was at Paramount, Paul Greengrass was ready to direct from David Hayter's script, a script that is widely believed to be the only truly effective translation of the comic in terms of both maintaining the tone and the content while keeping the story and the film itself within manageable production bounds. Paramount does not seem interested in retaining either Hayter's script or Greengrass's direction talents, which is a real shame. I was really convinced that these were the guys who were gonna be able to get it done right. As much as I want to see a Watchmen movie, I would rather see no movie at all then a crappy or even mediocre film.

Like I said, Warners really seems to have dug themselves out of the hole when it comes to comic films. Hopefully they will have the good sense to treat this property the way they seem to be treating their other premiere comic properties, with intelligence and respect. So long as they're willing to be patient and get it done right, I'm ready to give them the benefit of the doubt and believe that they can find another great writer and director for this film.

It still makes me sad though.


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