Despite the good work that he has done within the realm of superhero comics with Watchmen, The Killing Joke, and Whatever Happened to the Man of Tomorrow, there is an impulse to completely tune out Alan Moore’s recent caustic remarks about comic heroes and our continued fascination with them, but is there merit to what he says? (more…)
It’s a renaissance for race car movies! Coming soon from Dreamworks is an adaptation of Need for Speed, Legendary Pictures is developing a movie based on Hot Wheels, and let’s not forget the Fast and Furious franchise (even though it’s less about car racing now), so it only makes sense that Sony is trying to put its own racing flick into development, an adaptation of the Gran Turismo. Interested? Well, it all begins with the script, and to tell the adventures of… cars… racing, Watchmen co-writer Alex Tse has been tasked with its development. (more…)
After two decades of development and several different directors, Watchmen finally hit the big screen… And bombed. So what? One movie doesn’t make a difference, right? Well, let’s ask the game designer in charge of BioShock.
Kevin Levine was recently talking to Eurogamer about what was once to be the Gore Verbinski-directed adaptation of the popular video game. According to Levine, it was the less-than-stellar box office reception for the film version of Alan Moore’s seminal graphic novel that convinced the studio to think twice about going forward with a big budget BioShock movie.
Here’s what Levine had to say:
“My theory is that Gore wanted to make a hard R film, then Watchmen came out, and it didn’t do well for whatever reason. The studio then got cold feet about making an R rated $200 million film, and they said what if it was a $80 million film – and Gore didn’t want to make a $80 million film… They brought another director in, and I didn’t really see the match there – and 2K’s one of these companies that puts a lot of creative trust in people. So they said if you want to kill it, kill it. And I killed it…
“I couldn’t really get past anybody that would spend the money that it would take to do it and keep an R rating,” he said. “Alternately, I wasn’t really interested in pursuing a PG-13 version. Because the R rating is inherent. Little Sisters and injections and the whole thing. I just wanted to really, really make it a movie where, four days later, you’re still shivering and going, ‘Jesus Christ!’… It’s a movie that has to be really, really scary, but you also have to create a whole underwater world, so the pricetag is high. We just didn’t have any takers on an R-rated movie with that pricetag.”
Fans will undoubtedly be pleased to know that they didn’t get what might have ended up being a watered down version of their favorite game, but will there ever be a BioShock movie now, I wonder. Time will tell.
Bastards: What do you think of this development? Do you think Levine is right? What else do you think Watchmen killed?
Another bit of blasphemy and bliss, all rolled into one, it is the Before Watchmen series and, if DC has their way, it may just go on forever. The latest news concerns the addition of one more two-issue mini-series to the run. Being as how all the major characters have been covered, who could they possibly be focusing on now? Turns out that the not-so-major character of Moloch will be the new title’s subject.
Moloch played a small but important role in the original Watchmen series and has been making brief appearances in the new comics as well. Still, one has to wonder at what could be so compelling about the character that DC has decided they want to tack him on to the new releases.
J. Michael Straczynski is set to write the new story with Eduardo Risso in charge of the art. The fact that Straczynski is in charge and that it was his inspiration that brought about the story’s concept in the first place gives me some degree of hope, but I have begun to grow fearful of what this may portend.
I’ve been a supporter of the addition of new Watchmen material, but personally it feels like they’re digging a little bit deep here. DC has already stated that they’ll keep producing more Before Watchmen as long as people keep buying them. It has all the signs of a money-munching franchise in the making. This leads me to worry that DC will just tack it into their existing lines and keep going with the thing until the apocalypse comes, milking if for all it’s worth and slowly draining away the continuity and purpose of Alan Moore’s original creation.
The two issues of Before Watchmen: Moloch will be hitting stands on November 7th and December 26th. They will (hopefully) be followed by the single-issue epilogue that sounds the end of the Watchmen revisit, stopping it before it gets too out of hand.
Thanks to blastr for the info.
Welcome to another edition of Ask the Bastards, the weekly feature where you the readers get to grill us, the Nerd Bastards staff, on any nerdy topic you want. This week we discuss our own inherent nerdiness, Sarah shares some memories of Dragon*Con, we talk about Imperial Walkers and finally get around to the touchy, touchy subject of Before Watchmen.
It’s no news that Alan Moore is far from the biggest supporter when it comes to the new Before Watchmen prequel comics. In fact, I’d guess that if he could get away with firebombing the DC offices in protest, he just might. The latest sign of his eternal dedication to the purity of his work comes from an interview in which Moore talks about turning down a giant pile of money, $2 million in fact, offered to him by DC to get on board with the books.
In the interview with Left Lion, Moore had this to say:
Well, they asked me if they could give me a huge amount of money to bring out these Watchmen prequel comics – which they were going to do anyway – and that was probably a couple of million dollars. I should imagine with all of the films it would be another few million? In a way it’s really empowering to do that.
You can’t buy that kind of empowerment. To just know that as far as you are aware, you have not got a price; that there is not an amount of money large enough to make you compromise even a tiny bit of principle that, as it turned out, would make no practical difference anyway. I’d advise everyone to do it, otherwise you’re going to end up mastered by money and that’s not a thing you want ruling your life. Money’s fine if it enables you to enjoy your life and to be useful to other people. But as something that is a means to an end, no, it’s useless.
Considering that they were already going to make them and that $2 million is a bit of cash to just toss aside, I may be inclined to think him a true nutter. Personally, I’m a fan of the new books and happy to see a revisit to Moore’s world. It would have been even better if Moore himself could have been involved in the process.
So what do the gentle Nerdreaders think? Take the money and run or stand fast and tall in the belief that no one is allowed to touch something as sacred as Watchmen?
Thanks to the folks at blastr for the heads-up.
Every day the internet produces an astounding amount of goodies and gems. Most hilarious, some amusing, but all worth at least a few seconds of your time. We here at Nerd Bastards try to bring you the best bits of news and nerdery the webz has to offer, with a bit of snark thrown in. But sometimes not everything makes the cut. Monday through Friday we’ll be bringing you our inbox leftovers, our forgotten bookmarks, the nerdy bits that simply slipped through the cracks. You can submit items to Nerdy Bits by emailing us at email@example.com.
Above: This steampunk Poison Ivy, photographed by Sebastian Jespersen , comes from that wonderful steampunk super hero group roaming around Comic-Con. Be prepared to see them make the rounds all week as some of the top notch cosplay from the con. (CBM)
For those of us who aren’t at Comic-Con — no matter where we are, we’re a million miles away. That’s why we eagerly devour every bit of news that trickles out of the con — really it is the very definition of the term bittersweet — an avalanche of news, images, videos, and things, out of our reach but right before our eyes. That’s why every night of the con, we’ll both torture and thrill you with some spare images from the show floor, the panels, cosplayers, cool stuff, and everything else we think you want to see. With that said, here is SDCC in Pictures: Preview Night courtesy of the camera skills of one of our intrepid SDCC reporters, Steven Sautter.
(Additional writing by Jason Tabrys)
If you know Alan Moore, you know of his infamous and boundless rage when it comes to all things having to do with adapting, adopting or expanding upon his works. With his Watchmen series, he gets to express his anger in stereo, hating on both the 2009 movie and the prequels being currently released under the Before Watchmen title. It’s quite understandable, this rage, since DC basically screwed him out of his copyrights on many occasions. But how far would Moore go in order to gain back his control over those rights?
Some Moore-loyalist fans have put together a little pseudo-documentary on what they feel would have been Moore’s right course of action. While it may not be entirely accurate with regards to historical events, it’s worth a laugh, especially for those who side with Moore in these matters.
Have a look:
This is only the first part in what is supposed to be a larger series. Stay tuned for more updates on the Alan Moore killing spree to come.
Thanks to toplessrobot for spreading the good word.
People are vehemently opposed on whether the whole idea of a Before Watchmen series is a good idea or the worst idea ever. If you asked Alan Moore, you’d get a face full of spit and acid, as he thinks the whole thing is blasphemous. Of course, that’s a bit hypocritical, considered his consistent track record of using other people’s characters to make his own stories, so you could just chalk it up to the fact that he was scammed out of his copyrights.
However you cast your vote on the subject, the project is moving ahead as planned. It looks like the original covers that DC released weren’t working for them, so they’ve thrown out three new ideas. Here’s a bit of a peak at the new covers.
Cover art by Darwyn Cooke.
Release date is July 11th.
Silk Spectre –
Cover art by Amanda Conner.
Release date is July 18th.
The Comedian –
Cover art by J.G. Jones.
Release date is July 25th.
Personally, I like the originals, but what can you do?
Thanks to the kids at ComicBookMovie.com for the heads-up on this one.