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Whose Cutting The Watchmen?

Zack touched on it during a video interview yesterday and it appears he’s venting some more to the media about the challenge he has getting the long runtime he wants for Watchmen.

It's impossible. The balancing act for me is, you want the movie as tight as possible for, I don't know why, I guess so people can enjoy it. But for me, the hardest part is just, when is it not Watchmen anymore? I don't think that's a danger, but it's a thing that I am trying to be the gatekeeper of while other forces conspire to say: No. Length, length, length. Playability.

Apparently, Snyder has been having some lengthy converstaions with WB studio heads about what should stay in his proposed three hour director’s cut of the film, and what needs to be removed, and he knows that sometimes being a fan can get in the way.

I've lost perspective on that now, because to me, the honest truth is I geek out on little stuff now as much as anybody. Like, people will go, 'We've got to cut. You don't need that shot of Hollis Mason's garage sign.' And I'm like, 'What are you talking about? Of course you do. Are you crazy? How will people enjoy the movie without s**t like that in it?' So it's hard for me. I think it's probably good, because I think we're going to end up with that stuff in the movie.

F**k yeah, Zack. Hollis Mason’s garage sign stays in. You tell those suits at WB that I said so. And I’m sure several thousand other fans feel the same way I do. Let’s face it, Return of the King was three hours and twenty-one minutes long. And what Lord of the Rings is to fantasy fiction Watchmen most certainly is to comic books. And as serious as Peter Jackson and his crew were to Tolkein’s work, so is Zack Snyder and his team to Watchmen.

Everyone who [made] the movie, loves the movie. I've never been around so many people that just took the book [so seriously]. It's like a yearbook. Like, on the set, at the end of the shoot, we all would sign each other's Watchmen copies. And we had Dave Gibbons in there, too, and he would draw on our books, and it was just sick cool. And so then you come back from that experience, and you go to the studio, and the studio's cool, don't get me wrong, but they don't love it like we do. Right? It's like just a movie, like, 'Oh, we have this movie, Watchmen, and it's ****ing long.' Like, 'What are these superheroes? They look crazy.' So you have that experience. So for me, right now, I'm in the middle of that.

Snyder has already said he is planning a 4hrs 30mins Director’s Cut DVD edition of the movie, so the geeks will be getting their due — but what about the average moviegoer? Watchmen was on Time Magazine’s 2005 list of “the 100 best English-language novels from 1923 to the present.” It’s epic. It’s groundbreaking. It’s a masterpiece. Don’t sell us short WB; give us a three hour runtime. Let’s put it this way — when was the last time Zack Snyder made a decision that didn’t work out well for you?

6.25.08 Source: Coventry Telegraph

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