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Feature Mark Harrison 22 Apr 2014 - 06:46
It's now been just over five years since Zack Snyder brought Watchmen, the acclaimed comic series by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons, to the big screen. Whatever you think of the final film, you could hardly say that the source material was easy to adapt.
Moore's thought-provoking script and Gibbons' detailed artwork came together to make one of the most acclaimed comic series ever created- frequently referred to as comics' answer to The Godfather. Some argue that the comic book movie genre got its Godfather with The Dark Knight in 2008, but studios were trying to adapt Watchmen long before that.
Before we start here’s a confession. I’m a fan of Terry Gilliam’s work. Unashamed, bordering on (but never becoming) an apologist. From the bedtime anarchy of Time Bandits to the dark satanic future of Brazil, from the dizzying false heights of Munchausen to finding myself washed up on the Tideland – each and every one of his films has connected with me, some inextricably so.
The more of them I saw, the more I became hooked on his dreamatic musings; a new Gilliam film is a big deal in my world. He was also my first film teacher with the BBC’s long forgotten series called The Last Machine taking in a whirlwind tour of the first century of cinema from sideshow contraption to documentarian to a gateway to other worlds. Gilliam knew cinema, and came across as a man possessed with a love of ideas and visual poetry. »
- Jon Lyus
Snyder recently said that he made the film "to save it from the Terry Gilliams of the world" following comments by producer Joel Silver about Gilliam's planned version and the eventual release.
"Charles McKeown and I wrote the script. I always felt it was not the best way to treat it because trying to squeeze it into 2.5 hours is an unlikely thing," said Gilliam during his Reddit Ama.
"I think we wrote an interesting version of it, but I think it needed more time to really work. I thought Zack's film worked well, but it suffered from the very problem that I was happy to avoid by not making the film."
According to Silver, Gilliam had planned an end to the »
It began last week when producer Joel Silver took the film to task, claiming in an interview that "Zack came at it the right way but was too much of a slave to the material." He went on to praise an earlier incarnation he was involved with, boasting a script by Sam Hamm (1989's "Batman") and Charles McKeown ("Brazil") along with director Terry Gilliam.
In that version, Doctor Manhattan went back in time to stop himself being created. The ending sees him succeeding, with Rorschach, Nite Owl and Silk Spectre appearing in Times Square - the events of Watchmen had become a comic and they were now like those people who dress up in character on the street.
Snyder has now hit back at the comments whilst out doing »
- Garth Franklin
Before Zack Snyder brought The Watchmen to the big screen, Warner Bros. tried for years to get an adpatation on the big screen. In that time several directors came and went trying to make it happen. One of them was the great Terry Gilliam, who was attached to direct the film back in the '90s from a script written by Charles McKeown. It also had Joel Silver producing.
I really liked what Snyder did with Watchmen, but it sounds like Gilliam's version would have been pretty awesome, too. In an interview with Comingsoon Silver says that he believes his film would have been “a Much much better movie.” When talking about Snyder's version he said, "Oh God. I mean, Zack came at it the right way but was too much of a slave to the material." He went on to talk about what Gilliam had planned for the ending of the film, »
- Joey Paur
On the promotion trail for his Agatha-Christie-at-altitude thriller Non-Stop, producer Joel Silver shared some fascinating Watchmen insights with Coming Soon into Terry Gilliam’s planned ending to the movie. Gilliam and his Brazil writer Charles McKeown were attached to the Alan Moore adaptation for a time in the ‘90s, with Silver producing, before circumstances conspired against them.It was Zack Synder, of course, who eventually brought a faithful version of the seminal graphic novel to the screen. “It was a much, much better movie,” Silver enthused of Gilliam’s version. “Zack came at it the right way but was too much of a slave to the material.”Synder’s major change, the ending, took some serious justification to Watchmen aficionados. Gilliam, explains Silver, had no such compunction when it came to jettisoning Moore’s third act: “What Terry did was he told the story as-is, but instead of the whole »
When it finally opened in 2009, Watchmen had been developing for decades under a great many different people. One of them was Terry Gilliam, who’d been attached in the ’90s to helm from a script by Charles McKeown with Joel Silver producing. Alas, they were unable to make it work, and the project eventually fell […]
The post Find Out How Terry Gilliam’s ‘Watchmen’ Would Have Ended appeared first on /Film. »
- Angie Han
In an interview with Yahoo Movies UK, Producer Joel Silver talked a little about his version of the "Watchmen" that he had worked on with Terry Gillian. About Zack Snyder's take on the film he had this to say; "It was a Much much better movie… Zack [Snyder] came at it the right way but was too much of a slave to the material." He went on to elaborate on the take himself, Gillian and Charles McKeown ( co- writer of "Brazil") had for the property. "What he did was he told the story as-is, but instead of the whole notion of the intergalactic thing which was too hard and too silly, what he did was he maintained that the existence of Doctor Manhattan had changed the whole balance of the world economy, the world political structure. He felt that That character really altered the way reality had been" "[McKeown] had the Ozymandias character convince, »
8 items from 2014
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