A lot of people are looking forward to the big-screen adaptation of Alan Moore’s “Watchmen.” It’s creator isn’t one of them.
In a recent conversation with the Los Angeles Times, Moore said that his Hugo-award winning graphic novel is “inherently unfilmable” and that he has no intention of seeing Zach Snyder’s faithful translation of the story from comic panels to the big-screen. Moore said that because of the variety of techniques he utilized in telling the story on the printed page, that a film adaptation is impossible and that Hollywood simply shouldn’t have bothered in the first place.
“They take an idea, bowdlerize it, blow it up, make it infantile and spend $100 million to give people a brief escape from their boring and often demeaning lives at work. It’s obscene and it’s offensive,” he said. “This is not the culture I signed up for. I’m sure I sound like Bobby Fischer talking about chess ”
“Will the film even be coming out? There are these legal problems now, which I find wonderfully ironic. Perhaps it’s been cursed from afar, from England,” Moore said. “And I can tell you that I will also be spitting venom all over it for months to come.”
Snyder shouldn’t be too offended by Moore’s refusal to see “Watchmen.”Â According to Moore, he’s never watched any of Hollywood’s adaptations of his popular graphic novels, including “V for Vendetta,” “From Hell,” “Constantine” and “The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen.” In fact, Moore has nothing good to say about Hollywood.
“I find film in its modern form to be quite bullying,” Moore told said. “It spoon-feeds us, which has the effect of watering down our collective cultural imagination. It is as if we are freshly hatched birds looking up with our mouths open waiting for Hollywood to feed us more regurgitated worms. The ‘Watchmen’ film sounds like more regurgitated worms. I for one am sick of worms. Can’t we get something else? Perhaps some takeout? Even Chinese worms would be a nice change.”
Moore says the current trend of creating movies based on comic books is poisoning the comic book industry.
“There are three or four companies now that exist for the sole purpose of creating not comics, but storyboards for films. It may be true that the only reason the comic book industry now exists is for this purpose, to create characters for movies, board games and other types of merchandise,” he said. “Comics are just a sort of pumpkin patch growing franchises that might be profitable for the ailing movie industry.”
Currently, Moore is at work on a novel for publication and promoting the release of his movie, “The Mindscape of Alan Moore” on DVD.