Before Watchmen opened in theaters this March, the movie spent years in development, hopping from one movie studio to another, ultimately culminating in a lawsuit between Fox and Warner Bros. that split the movie's meager profits.
At one point in the 1980s, Joel Silver, famed producer of the upcoming comic book adaptations Whiteout and The Losers, bought the rights to both Watchmen and another Alan Moore graphic novel, V For Vendetta. While Silver eventually made Vendetta, he lost the rights to Watchmen, something he regrets."When I read Watchmen, it changed my view of so many things. It was the first time I'd read a graphic novel really like that," Silver told Cinematical. He also would have made a different movie than eventual director Zack Snyder:
I love Zack and I love his work, and I think he's very talented, but the script that we developed, I think was better than the movie they made. I don't want to say he was a slave to the material because he made changes anyway, but I think it could have been a little more satisfying movie. I think Zack made a great movie, though; I don't want to minimize what he did. But I think at the end of the day it was more kind of tuned to just the big kind of fanatics of Watchmen as opposed to a broader-based audience who didn't maybe know the original comic.
Watchmen's poor box office seems to support Silver's accusations. However, it's possible the DVD release on July 21 of The Director's Cut may financially validate Snyder's version. Posted 07.20.09 by Ryan