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  • seandodson 7:44 pm on February 11, 2009 Permalink | Reply
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    The FT watches the Watchmen 


    It’s not often that the Financial Times covers the comic industry – but then again its not often that a grapic novel as brilliant as The Watchmen is adapted for the silver screen. Here’s what it thinks:

    “The best comics (writes FT film critic Nigel Andrews) are honoured as near-prophetic screeds: their mix of words and pictures form a pop-hieroglyphic art that tilts at global or social anxieties, through fable and fantasy, and interrogates notions of heroism, while occupying an aesthetic vantage ground between literature and cinema.”

    He goes on to wonder if Hollywood can handle the Watchmen. Well can it?
    (via Art & Letters Daily)

  • seandodson 12:30 pm on January 30, 2009 Permalink | Reply
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    Cloud Atlas: David Mitchell novel to be adapted by Hollywood 

    cloud_atlas1First Showing is reporting that David Mitchell’s masterful Cloud Atlas will be adapted for the big screen. The film of the book (that should have won the 2004 Booker Prize) will be produced by the Wachowski Brothers and directed by Tom Tykwer, who previously directed  Run Lola Run.

    My first thought is that Cloud Atlas is pretty un-film-able. The book is a literary jigsaw puzzle: something both entertaining and difficult at the same time. It takes a long time to ponder, without ever being too heavy. So much of that will surely be lost in translation.

    What will remain, I think, will be highly entertaining,. Like Danny Boyle’s re-making of Trainspotting, it will romp along nicely enough; hopping through different adventures and riffing along different genres. Think of Timothy Cavendish’s misadventures, for instance,  and how they would make for a tight little Ealing-style comedy.

    But it will be a fluffier Cloud Atlas on offer. Of course it will. The Brothers Wachowski can only carry it up to a point. Their V for Vendetta simplified much of Alan Moore’s political message after all and it made for a frustrating adaptation, despite excellent performances from Geoffery Rush and Natalie Portman (the latter an evens-bet for Luisa Rey in Cloud Atlas). The brothers also famously failed to give the Matrix Trilogy much sense in the end. Could they do better with Cloud Altas with just two hours to play with?  I wonder.

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    • ggw_bach 1:34 pm on January 30, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      book adaptations always make the best movies. Strong characters, well threaded plots. Gives the groundwork for the visual and acting experience.

    • PJ Alesci 2:49 pm on February 22, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      It screams to be a five or six-part cable mini-series

    • Jamie 4:44 pm on February 24, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Possibly my favourite book of the last few years. Difficult to see how they could produce a “faithful” adaptation within the one film without excising key elements. Suppose they could really push the boat out and film a trilogy, but seems unlikely in current climate.

    • scrapper 7:28 pm on March 3, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Seems that what is happening with “Life of Pi” being in development hell could easily happen with this book. I personally hope they do not adapt this into a watered down Hollywood spitshined oscar flagpole like “Benjamin Button.” By the way Geoffrey Rush wasn’t in “V for Vendetta”

  • seandodson 12:01 pm on January 5, 2008 Permalink | Reply
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    Not watching the watchmen 

    This trailer to this summer’s eagerly awaited film adaptation of Alan Moore’s Watchman has yet to arrive (although the one above gives us a glimpse of what it might look like). I have been looking forward this film ever since I read the excellent graphic novel in the late eighties. The various shots of the set so far released show that the film’s director Zack Snyder has done well to mimic visual style of the Dave Gibbons, the book’s illustrator, but elsewhere all is not well in the world of the Watchmen.

    Alan Moore, the novel’s creator, is not happy and has said that he wants nothing to do with the film. Moreover, he recently told Wizard Entertainment that he got sent a contract from the film company a couple of months ago asking for his signature beneath words. “I, the undersigned, hereby give you permission to take my name off of the film and to send my money to Dave Gibbons.” So no filthy lucre, either.

    Rumour has it that Moore got his fingers burned with the Wachowsik brothers adaptation of V for Vendetta, which wore the clothes of his characters and and spoke the words of his plot, but watered down his anarchist politics (although nevertheless featured a sublime performance from Hugo Weaving as V). Still something of a buzz still lingers around the adaptation of watchmen. Some fans have already having a bit of fun with the cast, images of the set are leaking out of Hollywood on a weekly basis and the first official poster has been released. I’m still looking forward to the movie, but without Moore’s endorsement, my excitement is being tempered.

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