Notwithstanding the general and persistent unprofessionalism of many of the journalists in attendance at this weekend's Los Angeles press junket for Orphan - which is noteworthy, but not worth going into specifics about - a few valuable tidbits of information did actually come out of the interviews (although for details on the film itself, check in later this week from our hopefully more successful New York team). But during an interview with producer Joel Silver, the subject of Zack Snyder's Watchmen came up; and Silver, who was scheduled to produce his own version of the acclaimed graphic novel series in the early 1990s, had a few things to say about Snyder's film, not to mention what his own Watchmen might have looked like.
Discussing his upcoming slate of films, Silver explained that the preponderance of graphic novel adaptations and comic book-themed material was nothing new to his eclectic filmography.
"We bought Watchmen and V For Vendetta in the late '80s, both of them," he said. "I mean, I lost Watchmen over the years, I wish I hadn't, but I've always been interested in them. When I read Watchmen, it changed my view of so many things. It was the first time I'd read a graphic novel really like that. So I mean, but look, we made Richie Rich in '94 so I've been involved with comic book stories for a long time. Predator might as well have been a graphic novel. It wasn't, but it read like one."
In terms of Watchmen itself, Silver suggested that his interpretation – which by all accounts would have been directed by Terry Gilliam, a filmmaker only occasionally accessible to the mainstream - might have turned out a little more audience-friendly than Snyder's deeply faithful rendering of the material. "I love Zack and I love his work, and I think he's very talented, but the script that we developed, I think was better than the movie they made," he said. "I don't want to say he was a slave to the material because he made changes anyway, but I think it could have been a little more satisfying movie. I think Zack made a great movie, though; I don't want to minimize what he did. But I think at the end of the day it was more kind of tuned to just the big kind of fanatics of Watchmen as opposed to a broader-based audience who didn't maybe know the original comic."
What do you think? Could Joel Silver have put together a better Watchmen movie than the one you saw? Let us know!