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Who Watches The Watchmen Again?

The screenwriter for VISIONARY director Zak Snyder’s Watchmen adaptation, David Hayter, has written an open letter to the internet. Here’s part of it:

If the film made you think. Or argue with your friends. If it inspired a debate about the nature of man, or vigilante justice, or the horror of Nixon abolishing term limits. If you laughed at Bowie hanging with Adrian at Studio 54, or the Silhouette kissing that nurse. Please go see the movie again next weekend. You have to understand, everyone is watching to see how the film will do in its second week. If you care about movies that have a brain, or balls, (and this film’s got both, literally), or true adaptations — And if you’re thinking of seeing it again anyway, please go back this weekend, Friday or Saturday night. Demonstrate the power of the fans, because it’ll help let the people who pay for these movies know what we’d like to see. Because if it drops off the radar after the first weekend, they will never allow a film like this to be made again.

Oh man. Whether or not you liked this movie, I’m pretty sure we can all agree, that is the worst business model. Any project whose success depends on the slavish obsession of a dedicated group of superfans willing to spend six hours and 25 dollars in a one week period at the on-line insistence of the screenwriter is probably not ready for the open market. No matter how many brains or balls that movie may or may not have, depending on your opinion of that movie, and what you consider metaphorical brains and balls to actually be. If I owned stock in this movie I would downgrade it from a Do Not Buy to a Sell.

You can read the rest of the letter, in which he compares Watchmen to Apocalypse Now and the work of Stanley Kubrick (which I guess is where all those balls come in) here. Thanks for the tip, Alex.