Joel Silver

Zack Snyder Responds to Joel Silver ‘Watchmen’ Criticism

Zack Snyder Responds to Joel Silver ‘Watchmen’ Criticism

Last week, producer Joel Silver made some surprising comments about the 2009 adaptation Watchmen, stating that director Zack Snyder was too much of a "slave" to the original graphic novel by Alan Moore, while revealing that he preferred Terry Gilliam's original take on the project.

In the original graphic novel, an alien squid attack is the event that brings all the warring nations of Earth together, but in the movie adaptation, Dr. Manhattan (Billy Crudup) was perceived as this world-altering threat. In Terry Gilliam's ending, Ozymandias (Matthew Goode) convinced Dr. Manhattan to go back in time and prevent his own creation, which caused several different changes to the story.

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‘Watchmen’ Producer Joel Silver Reveals Original Story Twist

‘Watchmen’ Producer Joel Silver Reveals Original Story Twist

While doing press for his upcoming action-thriller Non-Stop, producer Joel Silver revealed new details about an earlier version of Watchmen that was worked on by director Terry Gilliam and writer Sam Hamm, which was much different than Zack Snyder's version. If you haven't seen Watchmen or read the original graphic novel, there will be spoilers throughout the rest of this story.

It's interesting to ponder how the landscape would have changed, had Jon Osterman not turned into Dr. Manhattan, who is the only one of the Watchmen who had superhuman powers.

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Joel Silver Picks Up ‘Straight Edge’

Joel Silver Picks Up ‘Straight Edge’

Producer Joel Silver has acquired the spec screenplay Straight Edge by xXx screenwriter Rich Wilkes for his Silver Pictures company.

The action-thriller is set in Los Angeles, revolving around a heist gone afoul involving several characters including corrupt L.A.P.D. cops and dangerous gang members. The script was described as having an edge similar to 1980s classics such as 48 Hours and Lethal Weapon, both of which were produced by Joel Silver.

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‘The Envoy’ Lands at Warner Bros.

Warner Bros. has acquired Robert Archer Lynn's spec screenplay The Envoy for Joel Silver to produce.

The story revolves around a diplomatic courier who discovers his package contains plans for an attack against America. He tries to make it to the American embassy in Vienna with the plans, while deadly forces try to retrieve the package.

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Joel Silver Bringing ‘Ben 10’ to the Bigscreen

Joel Silver is set to develop a live-action feature film based on Cartoon Network's Ben 10 sci-fi franchise, with the possibility to distribute through Warner Bros.

Joel Silver said he aims to make the bigscreen version a potential franchise starter.

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Sung Kang Joins ‘Untitled Sylvester Stallone/Walter Hill Project’

Late last month, http://movieweb.com/headshot-producer-joel-silver-fires-thomas-jane-because-hes-white/news surfaced that Thomas Jane was in the process of being fired from Headshot because Joel Silver wanted to pair star Sylvester Stallone with an African-American actor to replicate the mixed-race buddy scenario he found success with in such past films as Lethal Weapon and The Last Boy Scout.

There has been no official word on Thomas Jane being let go from his contract, but yesterday Fast Five and Ninja Assassin star Sung Kang joined the project, and many speculate that he will be taking on the role previously held by Jane. The title of this Walter Hill directed action flick was also dropped and remains untitled for the time being.

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‘Headshot’ Producer Joel Silver Fires Thomas Jane Because He's White?

It was http://movieweb.com/thomas-jane-joins-headshot/announced last moth that Sylvester Stallone and director Walter Hill had handpicked actor Thomas Jane to co-star in the upcoming action thriller Headshot, which finds a cop teaming up with an assassin to take down a shared enemy. But that was before the film landed at producer Joel Silver's Dark Castle Entertainment.

Reports are suggesting that Joel Silver is actively looking to fire Thomas Jane because he is white. That's right. Even though Sylvester Stallone and Walter Hill want Thomas Jane on the project, Joel Silver thinks that the script would be better suited, and should be changed so that it resembles the white guy/black guy buddy formula that was so successful in his previous movies Lethal Weapon and The Last Boy Scout.

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Could There Be Two Don Quixote Movies in the Works?

Two films with similar subject matter going into production at the same time is nothing new in Hollywood. But the latest news coming out of Pajiba might be very disturbing for Terry Gilliam, who has long tried and failed to get The Man Who Killed Don Quixote to the screen with legendary results. Some of which were chronicled in the acclaimed documentary Lost in La Mancha.

According to the website, Warner Brothers and producer Joel Silver are in the process of fast-tracking the Untitled Joel Silver Don Quixote Project, which will be an action-packed updating of the legend similar to last year's Sherlock Holmes, which Silver also produced. This comes hot on the heels of news that Terry Gilliam is once again attempting to finally direct his definitive version of The Man Who Killed Don Quixote.

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