Writer Alan Moore Talks About His Watchmen

The visionary, eccentric—some would say "mad"—writer of Watchmen, V for Vendetta and From Hell speaks his mind about what Watchmen is really about!

Alan Moore hates movies. Well, that’s probably not true, but he certainly hates movies based on comic books that he has written:

"Originally, I was content to just simply accept the money that was offered when people had adapted my comic books into films. Eventually, I decided to refuse to accept any of the money for the films, and to ask if my name could be taken off of them, so that I no longer had to endure the embarrassment of seeing my work travestied in this manner. The first film that they made of my work was 'From Hell' which was an adaptation of my 'Jack the Ripper' narrative... in which they replaced my gruff Dorset police constable with Johnny Depp's Absinthe-swigging dandy. The next film to be made from one of my books was the regrettable 'League of Extraordinary Gentlemen'... where the only resemblance it had to my book was a similar title. The most recent film that they have made of mine is apparently this new 'V for Vendetta' movie which was probably the final straw between me and Hollywood. They were written to be impossible to reproduce in terms of cinema, and so why not leave them simply as a comic in the way that they were intended to be. And if you are going to make them into films, please try to make them into better ones, than the ones I have been cursed with thus far."

-Alan Moore on The Culture Show (BBC2, March 9, 2006)

So, with comic fans drooling over the new Watchmen movie and the entertainment world abuzz about all-things-Watchmen, what did the original story mean to the man who wrote it? Find out the answer to this and many more questions in The Mindscape of Alan Moore, a 2-disc DVD "portrait" of one of the most important writers of our generation.

From Amazon.com:

Alan Moore writer, artist and performer is the world's most critically acclaimed and widely admired creator of comic books and graphic novels. In The Mindscape of Alan Moore we see a portrait of the artist as contemporary shaman, someone with the power to transform consciousness by means of manipulating language, symbols and images. The film leads the audience through Moore's world with the writer himself as guide, beginning with his childhood background, following the evolution of his career as he transformed the comics medium, through to his immersion in a magical worldview where science, spirituality and society are part of the same universe.

"… an artfully executed documentary …. [I]t will leave casual viewers
with the impression that some of the more peculiar geniuses of our day
gravitate to comics."

--Los Angeles Times

"Mr. Moore’s interview is great stuff; with his droopy eyes and bushy
beard, he looks and sounds like a talking British bear who spends his
days fixing car engines and his nights philosophizing."

-- New York Sun

"… rare look at the famously reclusive talent."
-- Tribune Media Services

"The only exceptional worm in the Moore feeding frenzy may in fact be
a documentary about him, called The Mindscape of Alan Moore…. If you
want to see his true genius at work on the wide screen, start there
and work your way outward. It may be the longest, strangest trip you
ever take."


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