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7 March, 2009 / Erik

WHO ADAPTS THE WATCHMEN? David Hayter & Alex Tse

Almost done with Watchmen. Today, screenwriters David Hayter and Alex Tse talk about adapting the book:

For David Hayter, known in some video game circles as the voice of Solid Snake in the Metal Gear Solid franchise, the project began in 2000. “Well, the unsatisfying answer is: it’s not terribly difficult [to adapt the book],” he told CBR. “The story is so good and so well constructed. It’s really just twelve comic books, it’s not ‘Lord of the Rings,’ which, y’know, that will never be adapted properly into a film!” he laughed. “If you can adapt ‘The Lord of the Rings’ into twelve hours, you can adapt ‘Watchmen’ into two and half.”

Hayter’s adaptation began with simple transcription. “I just copied it all out verbatim,” he recalled. “[I] gave all the characters their dialogue and put in simple action sequences. My first draft was a hundred and seventy-eight pages. Now that’s too long for a movie script, but not crazy long.”

More at CBR.

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