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January 8, 2009 - Watchmen / producer Lloyd Levin responds to lawsuit

Scooped on Thursday, January 8, 2009

Have you been wondering what the opinion of someone deeply involved with the making of Watchmen would be on the lawsuit that threatens to postpone the release of the film? One of the movie's producers has decided to share his thoughts on that very subject.

The man in question is Lloyd Levin and he went on the record with Hitfix, specifically with Drew McWeeny in his daily entertainment column. Levin, who has been involved with trying to get Watchmen made for 15 years, relates his view of how things went down and who he thinks is in the wrong. Here's an except from the open letter:

"The response we got from Fox was a flat 'pass.' That's it. An internal Fox email documents that executives there felt the script was one of the most unintelligible pieces of shit they had read in years. Conversely, Warner Brothers called us after having read the script and said they were interested in the movie - yes, they were unsure of the screenplay, and had many questions, but wanted to set a meeting to discuss the project, which they promptly did. Did anyone at Fox ask to meet on the movie? No. Did anyone at Fox express any interest in the movie? No. Express even the slightest interest in the movie? Or the graphic novel? No.

"From there, the executives at Warner Brothers, who weren't yet completely comfortable with the movie, made a deal to acquire the movie rights and we all started to creatively explore the possibility of making Watchmen. We discussed creative approaches and started offering the movie to directors, our former director having moved on by then. After a few director submissions, Zack Snyder came onboard, well before the release of his movie 300. In fact, well before its completion. This was a gut, creative call by Larry, me and the studio... Zack didn't have a huge commercial track record, yet we all felt he was the right guy for the movie.

"Warner Brothers continued to support, both financially and creatively, the development of the movie. And eventually, after over a year of work, they agreed to make the film, based on a script that, for what it's worth, was by and large very similar to the one Fox initially read and deemed an unintelligible piece of shit."

Find out what else Lloyd has to say.

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