In a rare bit of groveling by a screenwriter, Watchmen co-writer David Hayter has posted an open letter to fans to go see the movie again so that more movies like it will be made.
This after the much-anticipated $150 million movie received mixed reviews and failed to crack $60 million at the domestic box office in its opening weekend (the final figure is $55,214,334, BoxOfficeMojo reported), which was below expectations.
Hayter's argument is that the movie is unique: A studio-produced faithful adaptation of a challenging literary work, "made by fans, for fans," and that if it fails to garner significant box office revenues, a movie like this will never be allowed again.
"Hundreds of people put in years of their lives to make this movie happen, and every one of them was insanely committed to retaining the integrity of this amazing, epic tale," Hayter (X-Men) wrote. "This is a rare success story, bordering on the impossible, and every studio in town is watching to see if it will work. Hell, most of them own a piece of the movie.
"So look, this is a note to the fanboys and fangirls. The true believers. Dedicated for life," Hayter added. "If the film made you think. Or argue with your friends. If it inspired a debate about the nature of man, or vigilante justice, or the horror of Nixon abolishing term limits. If you laughed at Bowie hanging with Adrian at Studio 54, or the Silhouette kissing that nurse. Please go see the movie again next weekend. ... Demonstrate the power of the fans, because it'll help let the people who pay for these movies know what we'd like to see. Because if it drops off the radar after the first weekend, they will never allow a film like this to be made again."
Hayter makes no apologies for the difficult nature of the material. "It may upset you," he wrote. "And it probably will upset you. And all along, we really meant it to. ... And yet ... Trust me. You'll come back, eventually. Just like Sally."