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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 12:47 pm on January 27, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: brothers grimm, , , Don Quixote, , Heath Ledger, Johnny Depp, mony python, , Pat Ruskin, terry gilliam, The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus, watchmen, watchmen the movie, zack snyder, Zero Theorem   

    Is the curse of Terry Gilliam about to be lifted? 

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    Originally uploaded by Shavart

    Watchmen the Movie is going on general release next month.  However much I am looking forward to the Zack Snyder version, I still wish that it had been made by Terry Gilliam. The great maverick director failed to make the movie – twice. Indeed Terry Gilliam (right) has had more than his fair share of film failures. He has released just one movie, the Brothers Grimm, in a little over a decade.

    But wait. Hope is at hand. There are signs that the former-Python’s career is about to take a positive turn. Here’s why:

    1) June see the release of The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus – which was delayed two years because of the death its original actor:  Heath Ledger.

    2) The word on the web is that Terry Gilliam’s movie after that will be an adaptation of Pat Ruskin’s The Zero Theorem – and that it promises to be his strangest since Brazil. Billy Bob Thornton is to star. Shooting starts in May.

    3) Beyond that, Gilliam has said that he finally reboot The Man Who Killed Don Quixote, with Johnny Depp and, possibly, Michael Palin in the title roles.

    Is it time to suggest that the curse of Terry Gilliammight finally have be exorcised or am I tempting fate?

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  • 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.

  • seandodson 6:45 pm on December 17, 2007 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: batman, , , dark knight, , watchmen   

    The Dark Knight breaks out 


    Holy bungled distribution Batman! The wrong trailer has been sent out! Or was it? Audiences in America who turned up to see an Imax preview of I am Legend, this week, have been treated to an apparent accidental taster of the forthcoming Batman movie, The Dark Knight, which is not due to arrive until July next year.

    Six minutes of the film were “accidentally” screened in Imax cinemas and the bootleg quickly leaked on to the internet. The scene shows an intense bank robbery, not dissimilar bank-heist sequence from Michael Mann’s Heat, in addition to shots of the Heath Ledger’s Joker and some extra scenes from the movie (you can see the official trailer here).

    But although Warners pulled the bootleg preview from YouTube earlier today, you can’t help but wonder if this was accident or design. Set designs and short clips are routinely leaked months before the theatrical release (just take these recent shots of the set from the upcoming adaptation of The Watchmen). Seeing that Dark Knight has already one of the most elaborate viral campaigns for a forthcoming movie, it does make you wonder. For all those that saw it reported that the six minutes of raw action didn’t half leave them panting for more. The Joker couldn’t have planned it better.

    • Begbie 5:21 am on December 18, 2007 Permalink | Reply

      As the person who uploaded the video (King Kamali, title changed to Anarchic Arachnid for the giggle…) I can guarantee you that version at least wasn’t put on youtube by any powers that be…

      I got it off a download link a (regular and legitimate) poster on a popular Dark Knight forum uploaded. The other guys on the forum were paranoid it was a virus, but I took my chances and then stuck in on the tube.

      I’m seriously doubt WB were directly involved. Whether they were hoping it was leaked is a different matter.

      And the six minute prologue was supposed to be shown with the IMAX previews, it wasn’t accidental. It was advertised right, left and centre.

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