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I'm thrilled for it, just hope it won't be messed up. There's a lot of potential to ruin something great here, but if it was good it'd be great.
I was kind of weary of the idea a couple of years ago when Paramount had the deal - but now that they've got Zak Snyder running the show, I think it could be good. I'm really curious how they'll turn it into a movie-length story. I can think of plenty of spots to trim the story down, but even then there's still a ton of material.
The casting looks pretty good so far. This was one of my favorite books growing up, so I hope they at least leave the general story in tact.
There's a lot of potential things to cut, to be sure...it would be neat so see everything, but I don't know that it can all fit and fit well. I mean, do you leave the pirate comic interludes in? They're one of my favorite things about Watchmen, but that seems like quite a task on film. I tend to believe the film will stick to the basic story of the film, which isn't a bad thing, since Snyder is unusually faithful by Hollywood standards to his material (which I think is a huge bonus here).
Flipping through that site, I do love the cast selections though. Snyder's work shows love and attention towards his material, and the casting here really shows that affection.
So yeah, even though I'm trying not to set myself up for disappointment, I've loved Watchmen for years and years, and am very excited.
It would have been pretty cool as an HBO series I think. That way they could put everything in.
I get the feeling that they are making it into a movie just because that's what you do with books that sell well. It's pretty wierd when you think about it, you don't make songs or paintings into movies, so why do people think they can successfully capture a book in movie form? Particularly something as long and wierd as Watchmen. It just doesn't lend itself to being told in two hours I think, especially since heaps of the important bits of information are in old news reports and police files etc rather than "on screen".
Zak Snyder sounds like he's doing a good job though, so I'm interested to see what it's like.
See, this is where I agree with Cyric, at least I think I do. Snyder directing Watchmen gives me hope. When I read some interviews with him a while back, when he was gunning to direct this, he was broadcasting on all frequencies about how much he loved the source material (which I would say was sincere since 300 was very much a love song to its source).
The amount of material in the book is what worries me, but it's been done before, with Lord of the Rings and such, so I hold my breath.
Well, with the same writer as V and the same director as 300 I'm hoping we're on our way to a good final product. I may have to organize a full-scale rebellion if this movie is bad to the same degree that League of Extraordinary Gentlemen was bad *shudder*