Friday, March 13, 2009

Hayter's Letter

"Watchmen" co-screenwriter (from a draft or two back) and sometime video game voice actor David Hayter had an "open letter" to film fans that's been making the rounds, you can read a good full copy over on AICN: http://www.aintitcool.com/node/40409

Basically, he's asking not only Watchmen fans but also detractors, mixed-feelers and even not-carers to go see it (again) this weekend. His reasoning is sound: Hollywood math is all about how hard you drop in the 2nd weekend, and if "Watchmen" takes a Jonas Bros. level tumble in IT'S 2nd weekend the verdict will be in: Only "fanboys" care, you can't make money JUST off them, next time cut it to a PG13, get Beyonce' working on a theme song and hire Bret Ratner. I'm with Hayter on this one - a movie this uncompromising NEEDS to be seen as a success, to encourage more like it to be made.

If you have ANY inclination to see this again, do it today or saturday. Take friends. Spend 7 to 10 bucks, and help make the movie world a better place.

7 comments:

meloNarius said...

Planning to, if I get get the money sorted.

Ghostmayhem said...

Gah, I already made plans to see "Milk" with a few friends...
Wish Mr. Hayter would've said this a few days earlier...
Oh well, I'll catch it again eventually.

Anonymous said...

I appreciate his zeal but I think his logic is incorrect. Even if the movie had a stellar second week, it will always have the sting of not living up to expectations. I think a lot of studio heads focus not only on how a film does but how much it COULD have done. A prime example is what happened with Twilight recently, where the studio expressed disappointment that movie didn't extend beyond its fanbase even though it made a large profit.

Anyway, with the success of the Dark Knight (which Watchmen seems doomed to be compared to for the next little while), it balances out.

The victory is that the film was made correctly. The fidelity of other properties to their source material is a battle for another day to be fought by the individual directors, writers and producers involved.

Ghostmayhem said...

...*Inhale*
http://www.boxofficemojo.com/weekend/chart/?yr=2009&wknd=11&p=.htm
*Sigh*...

Ghostmayhem said...

More:
"Watchmen disintegrated 67 percent to an estimated $18.1 million for $86 million in ten days, trailing all previous superhero movies that debuted in the $50 million range through the same point. For perspective, 300, which Watchmen was oft compared to, fell 54 percent to $32.9 million in its second weekend (for a $129.2 million total), and, among major comic book movies, only Hellboy II: The Golden Army and Hulk had steeper drop-offs. The weekend further cemented Watchmen's status as a movie with much more limited appeal than other superhero pictures, rooted in its non-mainstream source material and its diffuse storyline and marketing."

FotoVerite said...

actually maybe it's doing badly because it just wasn't that good. I didn't like the dark night but thought it was a well constructed movie. Just not that original or amazing. But I understood how other people could see more in it then I did. Watchmen though. It's flat, lifeless and doesn't do the source material justice.

The Cynic Sage said...

And yet... You'll be thinking about this film, down the road. It'll nag at you. How it was rough and beautiful. How it went where it wanted to go, and you just hung on. How it was thoughtful and hateful and bleak and hilarious. And for Jackie Earle Haley.

Trust me. You'll come back, eventually. Just like Sally.


Wait, did David Hayter just compare his movie to a rapist and us viewers to victims?

I loved the film (saw it twice) but the last bit of Hayter's letter creeped me out.