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WatchmenWatchmen is a twelve-issue comic book written by Alan Moore and illustrated by Dave Gibbons. A limited series (or maxiseries), originally published monthly by DC Comics in 1986-1987, it was later republished as a graphic novel.
Along with Frank Miller's The Dark Knight Returns and Art Spiegelman's Maus, Watchmen was considered a landmark of the genre, helping to bring back the adult audience comics mostly lost in the 1950s. Don Markstein wrote, "What The Maltese Falcon did for detective stories and Shane did for Westerns, Watchmen did for superheroes. It transcended its origins in what was previously considered a lowbrow form of fiction to provide a rich reading experience for all, whether they came in as fans of the genre or not."
Watchmen won numerous Kirby and Eisner awards from the comic industry, and won a special achievement Hugo Award in 1988, the only graphic novel to do so. In 2005, Time magazine included it on a list of the 100 best novels from 1923 to the present where it is also the only graphic novel.
Watchmen MoviesA film adaptation has been under development for many years with the earliest attempt in 1989 with Terry Gilliam and Sam Hamm attached. The project was abandoned after trouble adapting the story.
In 2003 Paramount Pictures attempted to revive the novel with a highly acclaimed script written by David Hayter. Darren Aronofsky was attached to direct but dropped out and was replaced by Paul Greengrass. The film was scrapped in June 2005 because of budget concerns. The project was open for any studio to purchase.
In December 2005, the project found a home at Warner Bros. The studio's interest was piqued after audiences reacted positively to screenings of the adaptation of another of Alan Moore's properties, V for Vendetta (2006). Paul Greengrass and David Hayter have reportedly dropped out.
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