Zack Snyder's adaptation of Watchmen has gotten praise from Dave Gibbons, the artistic half of the creative team which created the award-winning mini-series for DC Comics. But according to Wizard Entertainment, Alan Moore, who wrote the series, wants nothing to do with the film.
No. I spoke to Dave the other day. I got a piece of paper-they must've learned something from the V For Vendetta debacle. I got a piece of paper a couple of months ago saying, "I, the undersigned, hereby give you permission to take my name off of the film and to send my money to Dave Gibbons." So I sent that back to them all signed and sealed, which means that now I don't have to rant and spew about the film. I'm just simply not interested in it. Dave 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. I can at least remain neutral to it as long as they're taking my name off of it and not playing these silly, ultimately futile games like they were doing last time, which worked out so well for them. No, I'm keeping well away from all of that.
Moore has previously had many disagreements with Warner Bros. regarding the treatment of stories he wrote for DC Comics. Moore and the studios have come to disagreements when the adaptations of V For Vendetta, From Hell, Constantine and The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen were filmed. Moore's stance has generally been that, so long as his name is removed from the works and he doesn't have to see the films, he no longer cares.
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Watchmen stars Patrick Wilson, Billy Crudup, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Jackie Earle Haley, Malin Akerman, Matthew Goode, Stephen McHattie, Carla Gugino and Matt Frewer. Watchmen opens across America on March 6th, 2009.