Producer Joel Silver Reveals His Plans For WATCHMEN: "It Would Have Been A Much Better Movie"

Joel Silver (Producer of V for Vendetta among many others) has spoken about his alternate take on Alan Moore's Watchmen, and also says a few things about Moore and the movie's director Zack Snyder. Read on for more.

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By Emjeed - 2/27/2014


In an interview with Yahoo Movies UK, Producer Joel Silver talked a little about his version of the "Watchmen" that he had worked on with Terry Gillian. About Zack Snyder's take on the film he had this to say;



"It was a MUCH much better movie… Zack [Snyder] came at it the right way but was too much of a slave to the material."

He went on to elaborate on the take himself, Gillian and Charles McKeown ( co- writer of "Brazil") had for the property.

"What he did was he told the story as-is, but instead of the whole notion of the intergalactic thing which was too hard and too silly, what he did was he maintained that the existence of Doctor Manhattan had changed the whole balance of the world economy, the world political structure. He felt that THAT character really altered the way reality had been"

"[McKeown] had the Ozymandias character convince, essentially, the Doctor Manhattan character to go back and stop himself from being created, so there never would be a Doctor Manhattan character. He was the only character with real supernatural powers, he went back and prevented himself from being turned into Doctor Manhattan, and in the vortex that was created after that occurred these characters from "Watchmen" only became characters in a comic book.…So the three characters, I think it was Rorschach and Nite Owl and Silk Spectre, they're all of the sudden in Times Square and there's a kid reading a comic book.. and he's like, "Hey, you're just like in my comic book." It was very smart, it was very articulate, and it really gave a very satisfying resolution to the story, but it just didn't happen. Lost to time."

About Alan Moore, he only says he was "unpleasant to deal with". More on that in the link provided.

Personally I prefer the Snyder ending to this. Mr. Silver did go on to say that he "Liked the Snyder version very much".

So what do you think? Like this ending better? Let's hear your response down in the comments section!
Source: YAHOO MOVIES UK
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DrDoom - 2/27/2014, 10:31 AM
I loved Watchmen as the movie it was, and I was a huge fan of the book beforehand.
MexicanChinman - 2/27/2014, 10:33 AM
Watchmen is a great movie.
DelTorite - 2/27/2014, 10:33 AM
Says the guy who raped V for Vendetta. Watchmen was a better movie and adaptation.
HeisenbergSaysRelax - 2/27/2014, 10:33 AM
I liked 'Watchmen' as it was. I know it caught a ton of shit for changing the ending, but I didn't mind it. I thought it was a logical change and made much more sense with the rest of the film. I still think 'Watchmen' is one of the most stylish comic book movies to ever come out and I still really like the film.
DeathstrokeTerminator - 2/27/2014, 10:33 AM
*Producer Joel Silver
TheGambitFreakIsBatmanOfCBM - 2/27/2014, 10:34 AM
Wouldn't want Watchmen in any other way than it was.
TheClemster - 2/27/2014, 10:34 AM
Get the f@#$ out Silver
themidnightking - 2/27/2014, 10:34 AM
Hmmmm........
DeathstrokeTerminator - 2/27/2014, 10:34 AM
and Joel Silver hasn't produced a good movie since The Matrix
TheClemster - 2/27/2014, 10:34 AM
Watchmen was awesome

V for Vendetta very meh
themidnightking - 2/27/2014, 10:35 AM
What an ass!
JatevinM - 2/27/2014, 10:37 AM
Watchmen is THE comic book movie with costumes and scenes that were damn near straight off the page. Zack adapted the movie as it was and the only change he really made actually improved the story. This guys movie would not have been better because it wouldn't have been Watchmen.
Nomis - 2/27/2014, 10:37 AM
I would've went with the "Squid" ending as it was in the grahic novel.

This would looked awesome on screen...

Poolio - 2/27/2014, 10:38 AM
Joel Silver is a Producer not a Director. What's the last good movie he's produced?...Matrix in 1999
ALegendaryPanda - 2/27/2014, 10:40 AM
Watchmen was amazing! One of my favorite CBM's of all time
Fishandchips - 2/27/2014, 10:43 AM
I mean, I know him thinking if he made it, it would have been better is his opinion and I try not to tell people their opinions are wrong. But Joel Silver, you're wrong.
TheManFromMars - 2/27/2014, 10:45 AM
I've read that scrapped "Vortex of Reality/They ended up as characters i a comi book" script written by McKewon.

Very unfaithful, but I actually found it pretty interesting.

Snyder's was the way to go, but I kinda wish some fan would film a version using McKewon's script.
ALmazing - 2/27/2014, 10:46 AM
1. Silver is a producer
2. Terry Gillian's Watchmen would have been trippyy
3. Watchmen should be remade into an HBO miniseries... maybe.
Nomis - 2/27/2014, 10:55 AM
@ ALmight - Watchmen should be remade into an HBO miniseries... maybe.

Agreed. Although I really like Synder's version (just not his ending).
Moohika - 2/27/2014, 10:57 AM
An HBO miniseries would be badass, but it would be hard to top the movie and Jackie Earle Haley as Rorschach.
DEATHbyEXILE - 2/27/2014, 10:58 AM
Reaction GIF: bullshit, Kathy Bates
Jolllem - 2/27/2014, 10:59 AM
Snyder did well, better than MoS
write33 - 2/27/2014, 10:59 AM
@ALmight

totally agree; and I'm even a fan of most of Synder's work on it with the exception of Malin Ackerman; I didn't feel she brought Laurie to life accurately in the least... 'probably never gonna be in the cards, but it's a great call.
cipher - 2/27/2014, 11:01 AM
kevberg - 2/27/2014, 11:02 AM
That is why you fail.

Silver, answer one fahking question Genius.." If you're such a fan, why change it?"

this is the fahking height of stupidity that dominates these wizards of smart.

That ending is STUPID. yay..they changed things so they're nothing more than a comic book. Sounds like Last Action Hero.

Yes a Giant Squid would be hokey, BUT an Alien invasion would have cataclysmic effects on our society..thus a far better point.

SNYDER did a FINE , FINE job with Watchmen. ( although stupid Hallelujah song during the sex scene was TERRIBLE )
Fishandchips - 2/27/2014, 11:05 AM
Also, as a huge Python fan, Terry GILLIAM. Not Gillian.
Emjeed - 2/27/2014, 11:13 AM
Thanks for the catch guys! I was a little too excited, but I have changed it. And I will get on Mr GilliaM's name. Only heard of him through Yahoo who spelt it with an "N"
Blanka1212 - 2/27/2014, 11:44 AM
Wait wait wait wait waaiiiiiit...

Your biggest [frick]ing complaint....was that he followed the series TOO religiously? Joel Silver, you [frick]ing shit hack, go to Hell.

I guess we should file Sin City under horrible movie too, since it was essentially the books verbatim.
DukeAcureds - 2/27/2014, 11:44 AM
Holeee....
That would have been bad.
Fvck me, that would have been bad.
Good god, we dodged a ball of cum and shit, there.
This gave me such a fvcking laugh. I'm so glad I got to read this. Long have I wondered what the Terry Gillam version of Watchmen would have been like. Never did I think it would be anything like the pile of shit that I just read.
I mean, I can see this as a vaguely interesting indie comic about the concept of a superhero in the real world that I would probably flick through, yawn and not buy. I mean for something like that, then this is a way to go. Not bad. Interesting. I like the bit about the effect that the existence of one superhero would have on the world and how that world would have been different (like that's never been done) and then the rest of the shit just sounded crap. Just not very good. Very poor.

This was gonna be the Watchmen movie?

Belly laughs. More belly laughs than Gillam has given me in a long, long time.
DukeAcureds - 2/27/2014, 11:46 AM
I mean, I doubt that Silver or Gilliam even read Watchmen, let alone understood it. Because they haven't really caught the point at all, here.
Praetorian - 2/27/2014, 11:51 AM
There is only one Watchmen comic (at least at that time) so just like if you are adapting a book to film you should be as close to the source material as possible
Praetorian - 2/27/2014, 11:53 AM
Also, this dude's script sounds cheesy, kind of like back to the future meets Small Soldiers.
Emjeed - 2/27/2014, 12:02 PM
@Gusto, you have redeemed your self from that other article. Yay to the Assflab!

funny gifs

not even mad
ekrolo2 - 2/27/2014, 12:28 PM
Im usually fine with changes being done to the source material, but for one shot stories like Watchmen and TDKR I feel you should stick to it as closely as you possibly can.

Although I really like how he changed the ending, the squid would have looked stupid as all [frick]ing hell, and the bomb thing made sense as it gave Dr. Manhattan another reason to leave as in the movie humanity blamed him for all those deaths and not just aliens like in the book.
koolaidbag - 2/27/2014, 12:57 PM
The ultimate 3+ hours film is a literal masterpiece, so I'm fine with Snyder's film, and this guy can piss off...though the one thing I would have like to have seen changed would have been Rorschach dying, I would have loved him to have lived.
Highflyer - 2/27/2014, 12:59 PM
I LOVED watchmen. It was really unique and refreshing. One of my favorite CBM's to date. With that said, I don't like this guy's ending at all.
StrangerX - 2/27/2014, 1:45 PM
Watchmen was great. Prob the best DC cbm I have ever seen
Indy - 2/27/2014, 2:02 PM
Thank god he didn't make it because that sound like sh*T. Thank god for Zack he made only comic book movie that I seen that resembles and follows its source material the best.
BaneSmash - 2/27/2014, 2:15 PM
Watchmen is fine as is.
LEEE777 - 2/27/2014, 2:19 PM
JOKE glad he never got to touch this!

WATCHMEN (like ppl have said) is one of the best CBMs ever made!

TDK and WATCHMEN, not since has there been a decent DC movie made sadly.
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