WATCHMEN director Zack Snyder is adamant he will never direct a sequel to the new film - no matter how much money he is offered.
The moviemaker is pleased with his interpretation of the cult comic book, but insists the film would not work as a major movie franchise.
He says, "There's no way I would be involved in a sequel or prequel.
"Will they make one? I have no idea how you would. The work is the work. This movie is about ideas. Anything else you would do, if you did a sequel to it, misses the point entirely of what Watchmen is. To continue is to either rehash the same idea again or you're going to try to fix the characters, which goes against everything the book stands for, or you could pick up new characters. To me, philosophically, it just doesn't make sense."
But the film's star, Billy Crudup, admits the decision about a sequel lies with Hollywood bosses - because he has already signed a contract to make a Watchmen follow-up.
He adds, "Contractually, we are obligated. I will do it. I just don't know what it is we would do."