Before Zack Snyder put his stamp on Watchmen, both Terry Gilliam and Paul Greengrass had taken a pass at translating Alan Moore's work. Concept art from Greengrass' version has come out, showing how he'd planned to update the story.
In an interview with Comic Book Resources, Greengrass' production designer Dominic Watkins, revealed his book of concept art for the Watchmen adaptation that fell through.
Watkins also spilled a few details about how the Greengrass version differed from Snyder's vision. For one, Greengrass wanted to update the material to the present day. He also wanted to splice in more news bulletins, presumably due to the in-between chapter news articles and documents.
"At that time, I thought it was very poignant because it was written under the backdrop of Reaganism and all that in America and the Cold War being in full effect. I thought that the political climate from Bush was escalated to a similar point, with us on the brink of something quite catastrophic, so I thought making a version of 'Watchmen' that was more contemporary and applying it to the decade of the '00s was a good idea and was a lot more relevant than it turned out to be. I think the difference between Zack Snyder's 'Watchmen' and ours would've been night and day. He pretty much made the movie page-to-page from the graphic novel. Ours was definitely going to be based on the graphic novel and all the characters would've been drawn on that, but we'd have updated it somewhat."
"It would've been done a little bit documentary-style, with a little news reporting mixed in.
Which one would you have rather seen Warner Brothers make? For more concept art, check out CBR.