Valid, but if someone had tried to turn my work into LXG the movie with Sean Connery, perhaps my opinion would be a bit slanted too .It's best to ignore what Moore thinks in this case. His opinions on film adaptations are a bit slanted.
Yes, but remember how short 300 was and how long Watchmen is; this is where I grow concerned.My concern here is Snyder. Watchmen is a nearly impossible thing to adapt to film. 300 worked because it was a direct page-to-film translation; he did a great job adapting the graphic novel directly into film form, but there was nothing else to it. Keep in mind that the portions of the film that weren't originally in the book were its only real failings as an adaptation.
Also a possible worrying point that it'll be blue screened and added later, because that seems to be the trend, and worked in 300 and Sin City, so maybe it'll be the idea here.Watchmen is steeped in the graphic novel form, structurally and visually, and, as I said, is essentially impossible to adapt directly.
Shooting is set to start in the fall in Vancouver, with Snyder employing many of the filming techniques he used for his boxoffice success 300.
And this does nothing to assague me.
Witness: V for Vendetta. That's why I'm going with Alan Moore here: this beast is nigh-on unadaptable. Look at V: while and enjoyable film, so much of what made the graphic novel daring was simply not fit for a mainstream film. They were both graphic novels, written very strictly for the graphic novel format, and they are largely incompatible with film in some senses, IMESHO.The story would need to be shortened and re-worked significantly, and so many elements of it would need to be abandoned simply because they couldn't work on film.
Exactly my feeling; like VFV and LXG, there would be considerable pressure to dumb down the story into a simple action film (especially with the director of 300, the most mindless film ever made, attached). That's what makes me so shaky about this prospect.The best thematic elements of the story would have to be completely removed for the story to appeal to a mainstream film audience.
Moore's unwillingness to associate with the projects in any way might be a big negative here, since his input could be useful in his saying what he wants. Save for the writers of the first two superb X-Men films, and the fact that Gordon and Levin have Hellboy under their belt (For which del Toro was largely responsible for the success of, IMESHO, of course I'm biased), I'd say that Snyder's minimal and fun but unimpressive resume and the producers of slam-bang action films are not the best names to attach to what is essentially a very philosophical work. Then again, a very philosophical work doesn't work real well as an action film, which is what this is clearly indended to be. Thus the paradox. *sigh*I can't see a film adaptation working even with the most masterful of filmmakers behind it, let alone a director with such a minimal and unimpressive record.