As if Watchmen isn’t getting enough press lately, the Web was flooded with reports this morning that the movie’s screenwriter, David Hayter, made some waves during the Watchmen press day in L.A. yesterday.
Hayter, hailed by many as the film’s savior after he turned what was called by some “one of the most unintelligible pieces of shit they had read in years” into a marketable, palatable screenplay that paid homage to the best reviewed graphic novel of all time, had a few er… interesting… comments when asked by Hollywood Outbreak about the Warner Bros./20th Century Fox feud that took place over the rights to Watchmen. Hayter responded:
I had worked for 20th Century Fox before, and I was fully under the belief that they had the potential to shut down the movie and remake it themselves out of pure spite and meanness. They’re a rough group of people … and somewhat ethically challenged.”
Okay, not too bad so far. Now here’s where Hayter’s comments take a turn for the weird:
“… My experience told me that they could shut down this movie, and lock it away in Rupert’s vault … and make it the most unseen desired cult movie of all time … but I was extremely concerned. Many producer friends of mine said the same thing as Alex – that they’re just going for money or whatever — but I was like, ‘Yeah, okay, but there’s something beyond money going on at that studio and it has to do with … Satan.”
That’s right, folks. 20th Century Fox = Satan. Whether the media frenzy initiated by Christian Bale’s on-set outburst inspired the screenwriter or he really believes that Fox is in cahoots with the Devil, he probably won’t be setting foot on the studio’s property any time soon. Maybe it IS true that any press is good press?
Wouldn’t it be funny if this whole incident turned out to be another media punk, like that rumor that Lindsey Lohan landed a role in A Nightmare on Elm Street or whatever (who can really be bothered to actually pay attention to what Lindsey Lohan may or may not be doing)? Like if the 20th Century Fox execs were all sitting in a room somewhere, drinking scotch and watching coverage of the Watchmen press day, sharing a secret laugh with Hayter? Yeah, okay, so maybe it’s not that funny after all.
Listen to the complete audio over at Hollywood Outbreak.