Thursday, 17 July 2008

Gotta love him

There's an Alan Moore Q&A up at that begins:

EW: Don't you have the slightest curiosity about what Watchmen director Zack Snyder is doing with your work?

AM: I would rather not know.

EW: He's supposed to be a very nice guy.

AM: He may very well be, but the thing is that he's also the person who made 300. I've not seen any recent comic book films, but I didn't particularly like the book 300. I had a lot of problems with it, and everything I heard or saw about the film tended to increase [those problems] rather than reduce them: [that] it was racist, it was homophobic, and above all it was sublimely stupid. I know that that's not what people going in to see a film like 300 are thinking about but...I wasn't impressed with that.... I talked to [director] Terry Gilliam in the '80s, and he asked me how I would make Watchmen into a film. I said, ''Well actually, Terry, if anybody asked me, I would have said, 'I wouldn't.''' And I think that Terry [who aborted his attempted adaptation of the book] eventually came to agree with me. There are things that we did with Watchmen that could only work in a comic, and were indeed designed to show off things that other media can't.

EW: Do you think that any good can come of comics movies?

AM: I increasingly fear that nothing good can come of almost any adaptation, and obviously that's sweeping. There are a couple of adaptations that are perhaps as good or better than the original work. But the vast majority of them are pointless.

To read the rest, click here.


Matt J said...

Mr Moore-famously grumpy! I have enormous respect for the man but still can't wait to see the WATCHMEN trailer tomorrow on Empire's site.
BTW in the latest issue of EMPIRE I saw the full page Bolland ad for your COMIC BOOK MOVIE season @ the NFT-VERY stylish.

Mark Salisbury said...

It's lovely. I tried putting it up here a while back but blogger didn't seem to like it and it wouldn't load no matter how many times I tried. Perhaps it was too big a file.

Mark Salisbury said...

I was talking about Bolland's art, in case you were wondering.

Also looking very much to Watchmen trailer. Fingers crossed.

Matt J said...

It's online already!