This would, I guess, be the latest in an irregular series of posts called “Discovering amazing quotes while reading old magazines.” I was digging through some boxes of books looking for reference material and I found the July 1987 issue of The Comics Journal (#116, if you want to pick up a back issue, although they don’t have it in the Fantagraphics Store). It would have been a post-worthy find purely on the basis on the CEREBUS review by THE BEAT (“Anyway, the problem is that Dave is equal parts genius and asshole. And he knows it. It’s a trying combination.”) This is from a review of CEREBUS issue #93. NINETY-THREE!
Anyway, this is from an interview about WATCHMEN, conducted by “British comics writer” Neil Gaiman, at the 1986 UK Comic Art Convention.
FROM THE AUDIENCE: I’ve heard a rumor that Watchmen has been optioned for a film and a screenplay’s been prepared.
MOORE: The screenplay’s not been prepared, but the rumor’s absolutely true — it has been optioned for film, and it’s looking good. It was a substantial amount of money that was offered for the screen rights. We all know that a Silver Surfer movie has been being made for the past 20 years at least, so a lot of films get optioned, and I can’t promise that it will ever get made, but everyone seems very eager with the project. It’s not Walter Hill, and I don’t know where this Walter Hill story came from. I think it’s probably because 48 Hours was directed by Walter Hill and produced by Larry Gordon and Joel Silver, and it’s Larry Gordon and Joel Silver that want to do it. I spoke to Joel Silver on the phone and he seems like a real nice bloke. He was saying that he wants me to write the screenplay, starting next year maybe, and he also said, “Can you do it panel by panel like the comic book?” which I don’t think will be possible because that would make a real crap movie. It was written to be a comic, not a movie and they’re not interchangable, but the fact that he wants it done like that speaks volumes to me. They’re not going to give Rorschach a friendly waggy-tailed dog. Although that might be a good idea, mightn’t it?”
So, remember, if there’s a “Blot the Dog” in this upcoming movie, it was prophesized more than 20 years ago!
Posted by Mark Coale