The 2nd Dimension

Tuesday, November 23, 2004

So there's going to be a Watchmen Movie too?

More big news! Alan Moore's phenominal superhero comic Watchmen which some argue is the greatest graphic novel of all time, is on it's way to becoming a new film produced by Paramount Picutres.

According to ICV2, the movie was first announced back in July. The first I heard about it was an artile today stating the the original director, Darren Aronofsky, has pulled out of the project and been replaced by Paul Greengrass of The Bourne Supremacy. Greengrass will be working with scriptwriter David Hayter of X-men and X2.

So what is Watchmen?

Here's a summary from Wikipedia:

The title is a reference to the Latin phrase "Quis custodiet ipsos custodes", often translated as "Who watches the watchmen?". The story postulates a world, parallel to ours, in which superheroes actually exist; Alan Moore explores their impact on this society, and postulates a situation where unaccountable supermen arrange the lives of common people...

Plot: A right-wing extremist vigilante, Rorschach, investigates the murder of The Comedian, another costumed adventurer. This triggers another investigation that causes him to track down and interview his former associates, whom he believes are being targeted by an enemy who is out to eliminate the superheroes. In a world that has been drastically changed (Nixon is still President, the Vietnam War was won by the U.S., etc) by the superhuman powers of another adventurer, Dr. Manhattan, the team members start to reconsider who they are in the midst of a complex situation that seems to push events even closer to the brink of an impending global disaster.

It would suck if this movie turned out like the hack-jobs done to Moore's other graphic novel works -- From Hell and League of Extraordinary Gentlemen. Considering how complex and detailed the novel is, Paramount really has its work cut out for it.

And just in case any of you are wondering how this all connects to anime/manga (not that that stopped me from posting about the Sin City movie), Darren Aronofsky -- the guy who was originally supposed to direct Watchmen -- is set to direct a Lone Wolf and Cub movie.

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