Before Damon Lindelof turned Watchmen into an HBO series, before Zack Snyder’s 2009 film, writer-director David Hayter tried to bring the DC comic to life.
Watchmen fans are on the verge of obsessive behavior when it comes to the classic DC comic, thanks to Damon Lindelof’s new (and highly-addictive) remix/sequel to it on HBO.
One of the book’s biggest fans, screenwriter and director David Hayter (X2), adapted a take on the material for the big screen in the early 2000s. His script went through various changes and rewrites back when the project was set up at Paramount Pictures with Paul Greengrass — hot off 2004’s The Bourne Supremacy — attached to direct.
Greengrass was in pre-production in 2005/2006 before budget and story concerns forced Paramount to pull the plug. (That was a fun time to be working at the studio; all of this went down as I was working in the marketing group.)
Source: No Film School