WATCHMEN – Alan Moore talks!
Posted by Frosty
While most people love the limelight and the attention that comes with success, Alan Moore is not most people. As the creator of many amazing comic books over the past few decades (Watchmen, Constantine, League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, V for Vendetta), Alan has experienced many problems with the Hollywood Studios as they attempt to adapt his properties. In fact, he won't sell anything that he owns the copyright to. The only movies being made are the ones he doesn't own.
Anyway, over the past few years many of the properties he’s created have gone on to become movies. While most people would use this as a way to have the light shine on themselves, Alan has actually been trying to get his name off the projects. In fact, to prove how against the movies he is, he won’t even take a share of the money. For the last few films, he’s had his portion given to the artist who created the property with him.
And thanks to Wizard Universe, who recently got to speak with Alan, it seems that even though Dave Gibbons is onboard and has spoken highly about Zack Snyder’s movie adaptation - even agreeing to do new artwork, Alan is staying the course about not wanting anything to do with the movie.
Wizard asked: I was just wondering if you had seen the new piece of art that Dave Gibbons had done for the poster?
MOORE: No. I spoke to Dave the other day. I got a piece of paper—they must’ve learned something from the “V for Vendetta” debacle. I got a piece of paper a couple of months ago saying, “I, the undersigned, hereby give you permission to take my name off of the film and to send my money to Dave Gibbons.” So I sent that back to them all signed and sealed, which means that now I don’t have to rant and spew about the film. I’m just simply not interested in it. Dave phoned me up, and it’s always nice to talk to Dave, but he understands that I’m not really interested in “Watchmen.” So when he phoned, he asked me if I was interested in being kept up to date on it, and I was saying, “Well, it’s always nice to talk to you, but not really.” I don’t really know much about it. I believe that it’s going ahead. I won’t be watching it, obviously. I can at least remain neutral to it as long as they’re taking my name off of it and not playing these silly, ultimately futile games like they were doing last time, which worked out so well for them. No, I’m keeping well away from all of that.
So if anyone was hoping that Alan might do something special for the movie…don’t count on it.