FOR SILVER SCREEN
Copyright 2001 Hollywood Reporter
[ October 26th 2001 ]
Pictures is in the process of optioning rights
to DC Comics' comic-book graphic novel series
"Watchmen," with screenwriter David Hayter on
board to adapt for the big screen with an eye
toward directing the material.
will reunite Hayter with the studio for which
he wrote drafts of such projects as the upcoming
"The Scorpion King," "The Hulk" and "The Chronicles
of Riddick" (aka "Pitch Black 2"); the latter
two are being readied for production for next
created by writer Alan Moore and artist Dave Gibbons,
was released as a 12-issue comic book in 1986
and is considered one of the most celebrated,
critically acclaimed comic series of all time.
The groundbreaking comic is credited for redefining
the superhero genre and is often referred to as
the "War and Peace" of comic books. It is a crime-conspiracy
story that provided the first realistic look at
the behind-the-heroics lives of superhero archetypes.
an alternate America, "Watchmen" follows the costumed
hero Rorschach, who is living a vigilante lifestyle
because most masked heroes have retired or been
outlawed. While investigating a murder, he learns
that a former masked-hero colleague has been killed,
prompting him to begin investigating a possible
conspiracy to eliminate all masked heroes - retired
Moore's 'Watchmen' presents one of the most brilliantly
plotted, exciting and original stories to ever
grace the pages of a comic book, novel or any
other genre," Hayter said. "It is my goal to realize
that on film. My primary hope is to retain the
relationships between what is being said and the
images presented. In the graphic novel, everything
you see and hear is interconnected on many, many
different levels; I think this will translate
very well to film. Like the book, people should
be able to watch the film six or seven times and
get something different from it each time."
Gordon ("Lara Croft: Tomb Raider"), who holds
the rights to "Watchmen," is producing the project.
Universal production president Scott Stuber is
overseeing. There was a previous attempt to bring
the project to the screen. Helmer Terry Gilliam
was developing the material in 1989, but the project
never came to fruition.
have had trouble bringing this project to life
over the last 16 years," Hayter said. "It was
considered too dark, too complex, too 'smart.'
But the world has changed. I think that the new
global climate has finally caught up with the
vision that Alan Moore had in 1986. It is the
perfect time to make this movie."
repped by WMA and attorney Dave Feldman, has established
himself as one of Hollywood's top screenwriters
in adapting comic books, having scripted 20th
Century Fox's "X-Men" and its upcoming sequel,
"X-Men 2." His draft of "Hulk" attracted filmmaker
Ang Lee this year, with Eric Bana now on board
to star as Bruce Banner for a spring start (HR
10/15). Hayter also is developing a television
project for the WB Network titled "Lost in Oz."