BEFORE WATCHMEN Creators Part With ALAN MOORE on Project
BEFORE WATCHMEN Creators Part With ALAN
telling the New York Times, "I don’t want money, [w]hat I want is for this not to happen," and going on to describe the project as "a kind of eager confirmation that they are still apparently dependent on ideas that I had 25 years ago." told the Hollywood Reporter that "The first time all of us got together in New York to solidify the storyline, we each had copies of Watchmen in hand and whenever a question was raised about what happened to whom and when, we’d flip through looking for the slightest clue. I joked at the time that it looked a lot like Saturday afternoon Bible Study."
Most Bible Study groups don't gather to write a Bible prequel, however. But Straczynski also calls the argument that the Watchmen characters should remain sealed in the original series forever and never be touched again, "absolutely understandable and deeply flawed":told the L.A. Times, "I said no out of hand because I couldn’t think of a story that would measure up to the original — and let’s face it, this material is going to be measured that way — and the other thing is, I frankly didn’t want the attention. This is going to generate a lot of a particular type of attention that’s really not my bag. But what happened is, months after I said no, the story elements all just came into my head one day; it was so exciting to me that, at that exact moment, I started seriously thinking about doing the book." Ultimately, he continued, "I don’t feel any more trepidation than Alan [Moore] did by refitting the Charlton characters. It feels like the right time and the right place and I think I have a strong idea." adding in a USA Today interview that the key to Before Watchmen is "that we all get in there and we tell the best possible stories we can and we reconnect these characters. It's 25 years later. Let's make them vital again." What to expect from Before Watchmen in terms of content remains a mystery, still - although Cooke teased a more optimistic tone for Silk Spectre at least when talking to Entertainment Weekly, saying, "I think the older you get, the more you look for hope or positive things. Maybe I’m just getting old."
But the writers of the books are determined not to tarnish the legacy of the original series, as Straczynski explained to Comic Book Resources: "Every writer and editor on this project is a massive fan of the original book, and of Alan's work. As the months passed, we e-mailed each other with the smallest question of continuity, determined to be excruciatingly faithful to the original book because we know what's at stake. We want to add to, not subtract from, the quality of what Alan and Dave created. We know we have a hell of a legacy to live up to, and we're determined to achieve that."
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