Years ago, the brilliant Terry Gilliam, responsible for Brazil, 12 Monkeys, and various other phenomenal films, was tapped to do a movie adaptation of Alan Moore’s seminal Watchmen. Didn’t work out—in part because he wanted to make it 12 hours long. C’est la vie. More recently, fans of the graphic novel were excited to learn that Darren Aronofsky, who directed Pi and Requirem for a Dream had been attached to the project—his gritty and hallucinatory visual style seemed perfect for the task. Now, via P.J. Doland, I read that because of “scheduling conflicts,” Aronofsky’s out and they’re going with, wait for it, Paul Greengrass. Who? Apparently, he’s the one with the artistic vision behind The Bourne Supremacy. Yeah. Now, supposedly Greengrass’ Bloody Sunday is quite good, but I can imagine few fates more ignominious for Watchmen than to be turned into some kind of action flick. So seriously, Paramount, let’s talk turkey here: Watchmen has been a classic for almost two decades now. Whatever project Aronofsky’s working on won’t tie him up for more than, what, a year or two? Fans of the graphic novel have been waiting on this thing for quite a while; we can wait a little longer to see it done right.
November 23rd, 2004 · No Comments