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Python Won’t Bite For Watchmen
Terry Gilliam nails the coffin closed on comic adaptation

13 November 2000  |  Written by   

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Fear and Loathing director Terry Gilliam revealed that he has no further plans to bring cult-comic Watchmen to the screen as he doesn’t believe it would be possible to stay true to the spirit of the comic.

6degrees.co.uk, Gilliam expressed his doubts over bringing Watchmen to the screen, saying that the epic story could not be faithfully reproduced as a movie. “The problem with Watchmen is that it requires about five hours to tell the story properly, and by reducing it to a two or two-and-a-half hour film, it seemed to me to take away the essence of what Watchmen is about.”

Having been forced to abandon the project in the past due to funding problems, the director stands by his decision not to try and raise Watchmen from the ashes, “I was happy when I didn’t get the money to make it because I would have been embarrassed if we’d done it.”

Another project Gilliam was rumoured to be involved with in early stages was the ubiquitous Harry Potter movie. “I wasn’t actually offered it – I was obvious – but after having a meeting with the studio, I realised that what they were trying to make was a franchise – something that would sell and would probably betray the essence of Harry Potter. but I’m sure Chris Columbus will sort that out and everything will be wonderful.”

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