Zack Snyder made Watchmen "to save it from the Terry Gilliams of this world"

News Simon Brew 4 Mar 2014 - 07:05
The Watchmen are coming...

Director Zack Snyder defends his Watchmen movie, and criticises the ending that Joel Silver and Terry Gilliam were favouring...

Last week, producer Joel Silver - on the promotional trail for new Liam Neeson movie Non-Stop - had a few words to say about the version of Watchmen that he was working on. Silver had hired Terry Gilliam to direct the film, and he told Coming Soon that his take "was a much, much better movie", accusing eventual Watchmen director Zack Snyder of being "too much of a slave to the material".

Furthermore, Silver outlined how he and Terry Gilliam were planning to end the movie. The exact quote? "Instead of the whole notion of the intergalactic thing, which was too hard and too silly, what he did was maintain that the existence of Doctor Manhattan had changed the whole balance of the world economy, the world political structure ... he had the Ozymandias character convince Doctor Manhattan to go back and stop himself from being created, so there never would be a Doctor Manhattan character. And in the vortex that was created after that occurred, these characters from Watchmen only became characters in a comic book".

The description of this ending did not go down particularly well amongst fans of Watchmen we should note, with the phrase "dodged a bullet" amongst those used.

Now, Zack Snyder has had his say on this too. "It you read the Gilliam ending, it's completely insane", he told The Huffington Post. "The fans would have stormed the castle on that one".

Snyder said that "honestly, I made Watchmen for myself", adding that it's his favourite of all his films that he's made. "I love the graphic novel and I really love everything about the movie. I love the style. I just love the movie and it was a labour of love. And I made it because I knew that the studio would have made the movie anyway and they would have made it crazy. So, finally I made it to save it from the Terry Gilliams of this world".

It might be us, but he was winning the argument until that final sentence. The idea of Zack Snyder saving us from Terry Gilliam seems a little off-kilter. We still like Snyder's Watchmen movie, though.

The full Huffington Post piece is here.

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