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Viral marketing for Watchmen movie in the wild?

Unless both he and I are very much mistaken, Warren Ellis has spotted a website that seems to be the start of a viral transreal marketing push for the forthcoming movie based on Alan Moore’s classic graphic novel, Watchmen.

The blurb on the otherwise unpopulated TheVeidtMethod.com frontpage looks almost word-for-word identical to some of the promotional materials featured in the original book.

Much as I did with V For Vendetta, I shall be avoiding this movie when it comes out – simply because it won’t be as good as the book, and I can’t be bothered to pay money for what I know will be a let-down.

Plenty of people will do, though – and will subsequently wail and gnash their teeth over Hollywood’s cheapening of something they loved. Martin McGrath has a message for those people, this part of which I particularly agreed with:

“The fan’s desire to see their favourite novels “faithfully” adapted is either (a) a sign of the failure of their imagination or (b) a sign of their general stupidity. It’s a cliché but, even in this era of WETA and ILM, the mind’s eye is still a more effective special effects generator than anything the cinema will produce – and that’s not just in terms of creating big spaceships and giant explosions – but in terms of creating mood and depth and emotional connection. Nothing is going to deliver the sensation you got from reading the book you love and watching an adaptation can only confuse your impressions of the story with its representation on the screen.”

Wise words. I think I’ll just reread the book.

Neuromancer to hit the big screen?

Via Big Dumb Object comes word that someone has bought the film options for William Gibson’s seminal cyberpunk classic, Neuromancer:

“The project will get a $70 million budget with Joseph Kahn currently set to direct. Kahn has only directed one full length feature so far, the motorcycle film Torque, but he may be better known for directing Britney Spear’s music video for “Toxic”. I think all the excitement I just had flew out the window.”

Couldn’t have put it better myself. I can’t think of one film-of-the-book made from a book I’ve cared about that hasn’t made me absolutely furious with its appallingness. Hell knows I’ll go and see it anyway, and I’m pleased that Gibson will get some good dollar out of the deal (hopefully), but … I don’t know, maybe I’m too cynical, but I can’t imagine this being done in any other way but butchery.

Film Review: A Scanner Darkly

Philip K. Dick holds the dubious (and regrettably posthumous) honour of being a science fiction writer who has had a great many of his works converted into major films. As with all the products of Hollywood, some of these conversions have been less than faithful. Linklater’s A Scanner Darkly, however, is widely reported to be very close to the mark. Continue reading Film Review: A Scanner Darkly