Tuesday, March 21, 2006

mamo #37: the Brothers grim

Tonight's podcast about movies and popular culture considers the brothers Wachowski: where they are, where they're going, and whether they're proof that the half-century-old "auteur theory" is as solid as it's ever been. With the summer season kicking off in a revolutionary movie that will inspire no revolutions (nor be released in summer at all, nor spring), it's time to find out whether there's a frickin' spoon or not.

Also: Mamo #37 gets posted on the 21st. How weird is that?


Anonymous Matthew Fabb said...

You guys mentioned that Alan Moore takes his name off of all his movies and while this is currently his plan for all future movies this was not always the case as both From Hell and League of Extraordinary Gentlemen had his name. As Alan Moore mentions in this article: "As long as I could distance myself by not seeing them, enough to keep them separate, take the option money, I could be assured no one would confuse the two." As the above linked article mentions this was until a script writer sued 20th Century Fox and Alan Moore for plagiarism. This script writer had pitched a script similar to League to Fox that mixed together old fictional characters that were in the public domain. He accused Fox of getting Alan Moore to write the comic, so that they could pretend to adapt it while stealing the ideas from his script. This is of course crazy, but really pissed Alan Moore off and he got even angrier when Fox settled outside of court, which Moore felt was almost an admission of guilt. Since that, he not only wants his name off of all future movies, he doesn't want any of the money, because Alan Moore never does anything in half messures but goes all the way to such extremes. For the film rights to Moore's work this is only around 5 to 10 thousand dollars, but when a movie is actually made that is hundreds of thousand of dollars that he's turning down!

It worked okay with Constantine, but he got really at Warner Brothers and DC when Joel Silver said that Alan Moore was excited about V For Vendetta and supported the movie. Since then Moore has completely ended his relationship with DC Comics and is now moving the best-selling League of Extraordinary Gentlemen (which sells huge in book stores along with comic book stores) to a independent comic book company.

In the end Moore just doesn't seem to be that interested in the medium of film and the sense I've gotten from various interviews is that he rarely sees any movies and that it's been many years since he's gone to a theatre to watch a movie. So even if this problems with League didn't happen, I doubt he would have ended up working together with any film maker.

Also you guys mention the possible Watchmen adaption and on top of the problems that you guys already mentioned another big one is time. The graphic novel is just too damn big to adapt to a 2 to 3 hour movie. I think one of the main reasons that Terry Gilliam apparentment backed away from the project was his script for the Watchmen was a huge length (5 hours? 6 hours?) and he had problems cutting anything from the script to get it down to a reasonable length. If HBO or the Sci-Fi channel were willing to spend the money for a big budget mini-series with 12 or more hour long episodes, it could maybe work, but not with the time limits of 2 to 3 hours.

2:21 PM  
Blogger Uri said...

Thanx for interesting info about Moore.

3:45 AM  

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