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Alan Moore Rejects Offer For “Watchmen” Rights In Exchange For Work on Sequels

Alan Moore Rejects Offer For “Watchmen” Rights In Exchange For Work on Sequels (photo)

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For years, Alan Moore’s battled with DC Comics over the rights to his series “Watchmen,” perpetual best-seller and source material for a 2009 movie directed by Zack Snyder. According to a 2006 interview with the New York Times, Moore felt like the company swindled him by getting him to sign a contract that agreed to return the rights to “Watchmen” (and another series, “V For Vendetta”) to him when the book went out of print knowing that since had no intention of ever letting the books go out of print, they’d never have to give the rights back.

After the “Watchmen” movie (which Moore demanded his name removed from) grossed over $180 million dollars worldwide and reignited sales of the original graphic novel, DC was understandably interested in expanding the property. Now Moore tells Wired.com that DC offered him back those “Watchmen” rights he so highly coveted once, but at a price he wasn’t interested in paying.

“They offered me the rights to Watchmen back, if I would agree to some dopey prequels and sequels,” says Moore in the interview. “So I just told them that if they said that ten years ago, when I asked them for that, then yeah it might have worked. But these days I don’t want ‘Watchmen’ back. Certainly, I don’t want it back under those kinds of terms.”

Meanwhile, at Comic Book Resources (said in your best ’60s “Batman” TV show narrator voice), DC Comics co-publisher Dan DiDio refused to confirm the details of any offer to Moore, but basically agreed with them by noting “we’ve been saying for a while… that ‘Watchmen’ is truly one of the premier projects out there, and if we were ever to proceed with [a sequel] the most logical place to start would be with Alan and [“Watchmen” illustrator] Dave [Gibbons]. For me, it’s one of those things that’s still one of the crown jewels in comics.”

But after years of complaining, the king no longer wants his crown jewels back. I guess this technically should be disappointing news for “Watchmen” fans, since it means they won’t be getting more material set in the “Watchmen” universe.

But do “Watchmen” fans even want more material set in the “Watchmen” universe? Like a lot of masterpieces, “Watchmen” didn’t leave a lot left to be said. Seems like Alan Moore agrees.

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Inauguration Alternative

Bill Murray On Repeat

It's a movie "Murray-thon" all-day Friday on IFC.

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Democrats, Republicans and Millennials agree: 2017 is shaping up to be a spectacle — a spectacle that really kicks into high gear this Friday with the presidential inauguration. Not only will the new POTUS swear in, but all the Country’s highest offices will be filled. It’s a daunting prospect, and to feel a little anxious about it is only normal. But if your anxiety is snowballing into panic, we have a solution:
Bill Murray.

He’s the human embodiment of a mental “Happy Place”, and there’s really no problem he can’t solve. So, with that in mind, how about we all set aside reality for a moment and let Bill take the pain away by imagining a top-shelf White House cabinet filled exclusively by his signature characters. Here are a few hypothetical appointments for your consideration…

Secretary of Defense:
Bill Murray from Stripes

His incompetence is balanced by charm, and dumb luck is inexplicably on his side. America could do worse.

Secretary of State:
Bill Murray from Lost In Translation

A seasoned globetrotter steeped in regional traditions who has the respect of the whole wide world. And he kills Costello in karaoke, which is very important.

Press Secretary:
Bill Murray from Ghostbusters

“Cats and dogs, living together. Mass hysteria.” Dude knows how to brief a room.

Secretary of Health and Human Services:
Bill Murray from What About Bob.

A doctor-approved people person who knows that progress is measured in baby steps.

Secretary of Energy:
Bill Murray from Groundhog Day

Let’s be honest, this world is going to need a lot of do-overs.

Feeling better? Hold on to that bliss. And enjoy a healthy alternative to the inauguration brouhaha with multiple Murrays all Friday long in an IFC movie marathon including Kingpin, Zombieland, Ghostbusters, and Ghostbusters II.

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Home Run

Hank Azaria Gets Thrown A Curve Ball

Brockmire Premieres April 5 at 10P

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Unless you’ve somehow missed every episode of the Simpsons since 1989, then surely you know that Hank Azaria is one of the most important character actors of our time. He’s so prolific and his voice is so dynamic that he’s responsible for more iconic personalities than most folks realize. Basically, he’s the great and powerful Oz — except that when you pull back the curtain the truth is actually more impressive. And now Hank is coming to IFC to bring yet another character to the TV pop culture hive mind in the new series Brockmire. Check out the trailer below.

Based on the following Funny or Die short and co-starring Amanda Peet, Brockmire follows the story of imploded major league sportscaster Jim Brockmire as he tries to resurrect his career by calling plays for a floundering minor league team in a podunk town.

The series is written by Joel Church-Cooper (Undateable) and produced by Funny or Die’s Mike Farah and Joe Farrell, meaning that there’s funny in front of the camera, funny behind the camera–funny all around. Sounds like a ball to us.

Brockmire premieres April 5 at 10P on IFC.

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Car Notes

Portlandia On People Who Can’t Park

Portlandia returns tonight at 10P on IFC.

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If flagrant bad parking takes nerve, then retaliatory note writing takes neuroses. Watch Fred and Carrie take passive aggression to next level in Car Notes, the new Portlandia web series presented by Subaru. The first episode is yours right here and now, and you can see every installment of Car Notes anytime online, on the IFC app and on demand.

Portlandia returns tonight at 10P on IFC.

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