In a recent interview with SciFiNow, director Alex Proyas disclosed that he was once in the running to direct Watchmen. Speaking about his career, Proyas noted that there haven’t been many missed opportunities, except one that is.
“The only one that in the last few years that was offered to me at an early stage was The Watchmen. I was a huge fan of the book and they offered it to me straight after I, Robot.” Proyas then explained why he turned down the job that eventually went to 300 helmer Zack Snyder. “After I finished I, Robot I was just really tired and the whole notion of jumping immediately into another big project was daunting for me, so I passed just on that basis.”
Following this revelation, Proyas talked about Snyder’s interpretation of Watchmen: “I am ashamed to say that I have yet to see Zack’s version of the movie. It looks gorgeous from the footage I’ve seen of it – it just looks absolutely beautiful. That would have been a fun one to do.” He finished by describing the pitfalls of taking on a task such as this. “It’s a challenging story to tell as a movie and I don’t know how I would have gone about telling that story.”
Alex Proyas’s Knowing is available to own on DVD and Blu-ray on 03 August 2009. SciFiNow’s full interview with Proyas will be available to view online at a later date.