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Thursday, April 10, 2008

Tilting at Windmills: The Outrageous Fortune of Terry Gilliam. The guy can't catch a break. Via MeFi.

The Watchmen that never was

The 1986 graphic novel Watchmen has often been called the ‘Citizen Kane’ of graphic novels. Epic, dense and complex, this tale of superheroes struggling with very human tribulations has also been called ‘unfilmable’, but many have said that if it were to be filmed, the ideal director to capture its fantastic nature would be Terry Gilliam. Twice, both in 1989, and in 1999 Gilliam has attempted to helm a production of Watchmen. After his final attempt, he let the rights pass back to the owner, stating “I just don’t think I can do it justice by reducing it down to a film. I keep thinking it would be better as a miniseries – a five-hour miniseries is what I think Watchmen should be…when you reduce it down to a 2-hour film – you’re taking so much textured detail out that it kind of loses what it’s about.” Watchmen is currently being directed by Zack Snyder, who previously helmed 300.