Zack Snyder on Watchmen and 300 Sequels

There’s only one way we will get a “300” sequel with Zack Snyder at the helm (he’s not even gonna consider a “Watchmen” sequel, so don’t ask), and that’s if Frank Miller comes up with a story and turns it into a graphic novel that fans react positively to. This is in stark contract to the studios, who are clamoring for a “300” sequel where Miller and Snyder sit down to write it, and then maybe they’ll do a graphic novel out of it. Because, frankly, while Hollywood has loved making money off comic books, they still think it’s a lesser art form and they don’t respect in the slightest. Unless, of course, it makes them a lot of money, in which case, yeah, they’ll pretend to respect it in the morning, but you know they’ll just get on the phone after comic book leaves and brag to their friends about how they laid the wood on ol comic book last night.

Says Snyder to The NY Times about a possible “300” and “Watchmen” sequel:

Listen, they own the rights. If they wanted to go and hire some guy to make them a sequel to “Watchmen,” I don’t know that they would get any of those actors to do it, and I know that I wouldn’t have anything to do with it. But they own it. They can do whatever they want. They can make a movie – I’ve spoiled it, I think, a little bit. Do you leave that film going, “Man, I wonder what the next chapter is?” [laughs]

Just like this “300” sequel that we talked about. I said to them, here’s the thing, this is the way I would do it. The way I would do it is if Frank drew a graphic novel, it came out in the marketplace and people said, “That’s pretty cool.” And I read it and said, “You know what, Frank, that’s pretty cool. Maybe we’ll make this into a movie.” That is the only version – the studio wants it to be, sit with Frank, come up with an idea, write a screenplay, maybe he’ll do a graphic novel based on the screenplay. I’m like, “Yeah, I want nothing to do with that.” I have no interest in that. It would be like me going to Cormac McCarthy and going, “I have an idea for a movie: You write a book and I’ll write a movie, and you can release it. You’ll win a Pulitzer, I’ll win an Oscar. It’ll be awesome.” The attitude toward comic books, they show their hand a little bit. They would never say that about a real novelist, but they would about a comic book. “They just crank those out, right? It’s like no big deal.” In the end, all I would hope is that geek culture, this movie gives geek culture a little bit of cred.

In the interview, Snyder also talks about all the things he changed for his version of “Watchmen”, including the new ending minus the giant telepathic squid, because let’s face it, Alan Moore was probably high or smoking his beard when he came up with that.

Below: Does this guy look like he approves of a sequel? Oh hell nah.