I just finished reading the justly-acclaimed graphic novel Watchmen. As many fans of that book know, it is set to be made into a film by Warner Bros. and 300 director Zack Snyder. After watching the trailer on the Warner Bros. site, I clicked around for more info. In the About section I found something curious:
The mystery adventure “Watchmen” is directed by Zack Snyder (“300”) from a screenplay by David Hayter and Alex Tse, Based on the award-winning Graphic Novel Illustrated by Dave Gibbons and Published by DC Comics.
No, I’m not commenting on the irregular capitalization. I’m talking about the omission of the name of Alan Moore, the one who actually conceived Watchmen and told Dave Gibbons what to draw.
Not only is he missing from this blurb, he’s missing from everywhere. Apparently he wasn’t happy with what was done with another of his stories, The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen and since then has withdrawn his name and his profit (!) from film adaptations of his work (V for Vendetta and now Watchmen). According to CinemaBlend, this is not because he doesn’t endorse those films. He refuses to watch them or hear any news about them. He says it’s because he simply doesn’t care:
”I’m just simply not interested in it. Dave [Gibbons] 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.”
Just about the most eccentric thing you can do in this day and age is turn down easy money. So boffo to Moore for having that courage. I do feel it is too bad he isn’t involved creatively, because as we’ve seen with Frank Miller’s involvement with Sin City, having the creator involved can work out well. Then again, judging by his bleak vision of the world, maybe it’s best he remain hermited.