Don't Hold Your Breath on a "Watchmen" Sequel

The very busy Zack Snyder ("Dawn of the Dead," "300") recently sat down with IGN's Scott Collura and delivered a rather thorough breakdown of what we might expect to find in his adaptation of Alan Moore's "Watchmen" -- although don't expect any sequels.

From IGN Movies: ""It's the only thing I'm really working on right now, so if I don't do that I've got to find something else!" he laughs, adding that once he completes 300 he will go directly into full gear on Watchmen. "There's no break, hopefully none, between 300 and Watchmen. They'll just roll us right over. We'll probably start Watchmen and then come back and do publicity for 300. Right now we're still finishing 300, so I'd say I've got another three weeks of shots waiting to come in. And then in the meantime I'm trying to maybe make a commercial, maybe make some money, which is cool!"

The original comic book, written by Alan Moore and illustrated by Dave Gibbons, told an epic superhero story that many in the industry have long thought to be un-filmable (the movie project has undergone several permutations in its years in development). Snyder believes that the key to the movie is to stay true to Moore's original vision, even if by necessity certain aspects of the story must be cut due to running time constraints. His Watchmen will not be stretched over a series of films with sequels and the like, despite the trend of other comic-to-film adaptations like Spider-Man and X-Men."

Click here for the full article, which I think is pretty darn excellent.

Comments

ArmyofJuan

Juan Marable

This whole Watchmen fiasco would be easily solved by making it a high budget HBO series ala Band of Borhters.

Not everything has to be a fucking movie.

Nov 15 - 03:17 AM

FireflyFan4evr

Steven Johnson

Then they can follow up this craptacular movie with a craptacular rendition of Y: The Last Man. If they want to do both of these series right, they SHOULD be HBO TV shows.

Nov 15 - 07:53 AM

rustdog

Rusty Baldwin

I like the tv series idea but I think Snyder may just be talented enough to pull this off as a feature film. The graphic novel is so full of material he will have to cut some of the story but it still should be a truly epic film.

Nov 15 - 08:28 AM

Crenshaw

Bryan Winter

You can fit it into 2.5 hours. And duh of course there wouldn't be a sequel. Unless it makes a bajillion dollars, which it likely won't. I'm goona keep my glass half full and assume the best rather than the worst.

Nov 15 - 10:25 AM

winterchili

kev sull

Don't. Make. This. Movie. Watchmen was written to be un-adaptable because its all based around what the graphic novel medium can do that nothing else can.

Nov 15 - 10:41 AM

the-russian

Nick Danczyk

The movie's getting made, so you all can just stop begging that it not. And yeah, I can't see it working in 2-3 hours. A miniseries would be the best idea, but since they won't do that, they should take the same approach Tarantino used w/ Kill Bill. Vol. 2 wasn't a sequal, the only reason there were two films was because the tale was too long for one movie (or LOTR for that matter). Film all the installments at once, then release them within months or a year between each other. It worked for both Kill Bill and LOTR.

Nov 15 - 11:10 AM

Reeven

Jud Widing

Well the difference between Kill Bill and LOTR is LOTR was a trilogy from the outset, since the books are a trilogy. But you're right, Kill Bill is one movie that happens to have two parts, and that could be a good way to go with it. The HBO miniseries would probably make the most sense in terms of getting all the plot in, but I don't have a big TV and I'd like to see all this madness on a big screen.

Nov 15 - 12:22 PM

ArmyofJuan

Juan Marable

Y: The Last Man may work as a film since Brian K. Vaugn is working on the script.

Nov 15 - 04:19 PM

dagreenman18

Brian Lorenzo

i think a Watchman movie can work. just look at Sin City, that turned out perfectly.

Nov 15 - 07:14 PM

ArmyofJuan

Juan Marable

Sin City worked because fucking Frank Miller was there making sure they didn't fuck anything up.

Alan Moore is not going to be sitting next to Zach Snyder making sure he doesn't do anything stupid.

Nov 16 - 01:21 AM

Darkness My Old Friend

Michael Tousey

Y: The Last Man is tailor made to be an HBO series directed by Joss Wheden.

I'm a Wheden fan, not a fanboy, so I say this not cause I worship the man but because it's a perfect fit for him.

Irreverent, self-aware, mixing humor and comedy, tons of heroines (kinda his calling card, no?), and a main role that would have been perfect for Nate Fillion... about 10 or 15 years ago. Shame there is no time machine yet to open up a far better range of casting options.


Then we just need HBO to pick up an Aaron Sorkin version of Ex Machina and a Terry Gilliam version of Fables.




As for Watchmen... I have NO clue how that gets made into a movie.

Nov 16 - 12:49 AM

ArmyofJuan

Juan Marable

Sin City worked because fucking Frank Miller was there making sure they didn't fuck anything up.

Alan Moore is not going to be sitting next to Zach Snyder making sure he doesn't do anything stupid.

Nov 16 - 01:21 AM

lessbluez

less bluez

stop your fucking whining.
the movie is being made whether you like it or not.

go start a petition or something.

Nov 16 - 06:50 AM

elziard

elzeard bouffier

V for Vendetta was admirable in it's translation.
i thought most faithful to the source with some changes that fanboys could argue over.
it was successful and i think that if moore could turn the pride down a bit, he'd see that his work could exist in a another medium. sure there have been failures, but recognize people are trying to further his storytelling, even if he doesn't want to be invloved in it.

watchmen will not satisfy the fanboys. there is too much to love in it. despite our protests for a miniseries as the best solution.
if it fails, it can always resurface as one down the road. we've waited 20 years, we can wait a bit longer.

Nov 16 - 08:25 AM

lavatory love machine

juan carlos petruchi

on the info page on RT about thia movie says it's going to be directed by paul greengrass and not zack snyder

Nov 16 - 11:06 AM

taran72

Dan Mills

I'm trying to figure out how you peoplle have come to the conclusion that Zack Snyder can pull this off. His unoriginal, lackluster but energetic "Dawn" remake? The "300" movie everyone is lusting after but no one has actually seen? Please, someone help me out here.

Oh, and no one wants Watchmen to end up like "Sin City" - beautiful but shallow.

Nov 16 - 11:17 AM

ArmyofJuan

Juan Marable

How was Sin City shallow? It was basically panel for panel from the comic.

Nov 16 - 01:37 PM

taran72

Dan Mills

How was Sin City shallow? How about zero character development? How about a cheesy film-noir plot and script written for 15 year-olds?

Nov 16 - 11:29 PM

ArmyofJuan

Juan Marable

Thats how the comic was written. The most of the characters re-appear later on in the series. And as for the cheesy plot, it was intended to be some sort of ground breaking achievement in writing here. Find me a milf noir plot that isnt filled with some sort of cheese.

Nov 16 - 11:34 PM

ArmyofJuan

Juan Marable

Thats how the comic was written. The most of the characters re-appear later on in the series. And as for the cheesy plot, it was intended to be some sort of ground breaking achievement in writing here. Find me a milf noir plot that isnt filled with some sort of cheese.

Nov 16 - 11:34 PM

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