It's a constant dilemma for directors of adaptations: make the project your own, and lose hardcore fans OR follow the story religiously and compromise your creative input. What to do, what to do?
This seems to be at the core of Snyder-Gilliam-Watchmen-gate.
Last week, producer Joel Silver announced that he thought Zack Snyder's 2009 take on the Alan Moore graphic novel Watchmen was a "slave" to Moore's comic, and that his own proposed version with Terry Gilliam at 20th Century Fox would've been way better. Granted his proposed version would have lost Doctor Manhattan. Hmm.
Snyder wasn't about to sit on his hands when it came to this beef. When chatting to the Huffington Post to talk about his upcoming flick 300: Rise of an Empire (based on yet another comics series, as you know), the director (and his producer wife, Deborah Snyder) retaliated.
"....if you read the Gilliam ending, it's completely insane,"
"Yeah, the fans would have stormed the castle on that one. So, honestly, I made 'Watchmen' for myself. It's probably my favorite movie that I've made. And 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 labor 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."
Deborah Snyder agreed with her husband and said it was basically a no-win situation.
"But it's interesting because... it's damned if you do, damned if you don't. You have people who are mad that the ending was changed and you have other people saying, 'Oh, it was a slave to the graphic novel.' You can't please everybody."
It's definitely a tough call to make. I am a little bit biased because personally I like Gilliam's imaginative, unique style, and I happen to think he would have done a good job. But what's done is done, right?
So while Snyder has made his case for his version of Watchmen, do you necessarily agree? Or would you have preferred to see Terry Gilliam's (Time Bandits, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas,The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus) stamp on the legendary Watchmen?