Zack Snyder on storyboarding WATCHMEN (the movie) with original panels (of the comicbook):

SNYDER: "Yeah. I kind of storyboard. I draw. For instance, if I'm at a scene where Rorschach and Dan [“Nite Owl” Dreiberg] go to Happy Harry's to interrogate people, I have the script there while I'm going, and then I have the graphic novel which is the scene as well, and I kind of squish the two together. I change the script a little bit if I like a piece of dialogue that's in the graphic novel. Most of the dialogue is in the graphic novel, but every now and then I'll say, “Oh, we left this out. I wonder why?”—maybe it's time [issues] or whatever—and I'll kind of whack it back in. Then I'll look at the compositions that are in the graphic novel and the details that are in the frame, and then with the art department I'll say, “It'd be cool if we have this kind of whiskey or this light thickness to add in the background,” or whatever that little thing is. All those kind of crazy obsessive details, I try to whack those in as much as I can."

Zack Snyder on the set design status of WATCHMEN:
SNYDER: "Oh, yeah, we're building a huge backlot up here in Vancouver. It's a New York City backlot, and we're shooting tons of the movie on this. Then plus we're shooting—we've built these huge sets like [Edward “Comedian”] Blake's apartment and Adrian [“Ozymandias” Veidt's] office, all of Moloch [the Mystic's] places and stuff like that. His staircase is being built. All of that stuff is sets. Watchmen Headquarters."

read more of what director Zack Snyder has to say about the comicbook-adaptation of WATCHMEN as the live-action movie @ WizardUniverse [all text via]



director Zack Snyder has just added a production-blog and some comments about the Watchmen-panel @ SDCC, including this poster as designed and drawn by Dave Gibbons, on the official movie website (which is represented currently by the poster-icon on menu-left)

*click to view higher-res on my flickr*



and on this day, the ABOUT THAT WATCHMEN MOVIE-fanblog was borne :)

with this, i hope to be able to keep track of any and all (or "most" LOL) WATCHMEN movie news and reports, til the day it hits our screens ... and until then, any and all information and tips would be mucho appreciated - email me at toysrevil [at] yahoo [dot] com - and you will see your name in bright-lights! (or well, at least credited on this blog LOL)



the official website for Zack Snyder's Watchmen is now live (click on icon to view)

and on 03-06-2009 we will find out (again) who killed The Comedian ... watch out for upcoming photos and a production-blog on the website (ala 300) = *nice* [source] ... meanwhile, have a read of the SDCC-panel presentation @ SHH! and/or AICN (points replicated below :p)

-Sets are being built in Vancouver right now, including a New York City backlot. Not going to be 300 style, very little digital work except on Mars and in Antarctica.

-Think more SE7EN than SIN CITY in terms of production design.

-Warner Bros is behind an R-rated film.

-It is period. 1985. There was talk of updating it, but Snyder said it never felt right making it about the War On Terror instead of the Cold War, so he insisted it be set in 1985. Warners agreed.

-While it's not a hard rule, he is going to be using the original comic as storyboards. He'll use them to set the framing for most of the movie.

-The casting was not an exercise in marketing, big names avoided.

-Alan Moore is not involved. He asked for his name to be taken off the project way back when it was first being developed and Snyder is honoring that... but he does hope that this will be the first film made from one of his properties that Moore will eventually think "wasn't fucked up too badly."

-Release date is 03-06-09.

[original post circa 28.07.07]


"Watchmen is set in an alternate 1985 America in which costumed superheroes are part of the fabric of everyday society, and the "Doomsday Clock" – which charts the USA's tension with the Soviet Union – is permanently set at five minutes to midnight.

When one of his former colleagues is murdered, the washed up but no less determined masked vigilante Rorschach sets out to uncover a plot to kill and discredit all past and present superheroes. As he reconnects with his former crime-fighting legion – a ragtag group of retired superheroes, only one of whom has true powers – Rorschach glimpses a wide-ranging and disturbing conspiracy with links to their shared past and catastrophic consequences for the future. Their mission is to watch over humanity... but Who is Watching the Watchmen?"

the classic tagline at the end of the above para was what defined an era in comicbook history ... see how the current movie synopsis matches up to the Alan Moore / Dave Gibbons' comic-book classic [wiki]

to be directed by Zack Snyder (who slipped-in a Rorschach-image in 300) - the current casting confirmations are quite an interesting bunch (not like these regular geriatrics suspects :p) and from Snyder's "faithful" adaptation of Frank Miller's comicbook, one can only hope that the "spirit" (if at least "tone") will be maintained, and not go by way-of-Hollywood, nor like this (*heh*)

THE CURRENT CAST (of Characters):

Matthew Goode as Adrian Veidt/Ozymandias

Jackie Earle Haley as Rorschach

Billy Crudup as Dr. Manhattan (maybe the younger-version, compared to the insert M:I 3-era)

Patrick Wilson as Nite Owl

Malin Akerman as Silk Spectre (Laurie Jupeczyk)

currently there are no confirmed casting for The Comedian ... and ima thinking Burt Reynolds! LOL - but a tad too "mature" ... i reckon this a early-to-mid thirties dude, yeh? *heh*

apparently more will be revealed during SDCC .. meanwhile, i've been spending way too much time mucking about in photoshop to do these images (which i've failed utterly) - worth a cringe or chuckle, i reckon = click at you're own peril ... *heh*

added new:
Casting for The Comedian has been confirmed @ SDCC: Jeffrey Dean Morgan (dying dude in Grey's Anatomy :p)

these are the character-descriptions [via]:

Haley will play Walter Kovacs, aka Rorschach, who ignores the ban on costumed vigilantes.

Crudup will play Dr. Manhattan, a superpowered being with godlike powers and temperament.

Akerman will play Laurie Juspeczyk/the Silk Spectre, who is involved with Dr. Manhattan -- but that relationship begins to fall apart as he becomes more disconnected from humanity.

Goode will play Adrian Veidt/Ozymandias, a costumed adventurer who retired voluntarily, disclosed his identity and built a large fortune. He hatches a plot to avert a global catastrophe he believes will be caused by Dr. Manhattan.

Wilson will play the Nite-Owl, a crime-figher who uses technical wizardry and has an owl-shaped flying vehicle.

Morgan will play the Comedian, a cigar-chomping, gun-toting vigilante-turned-paramilitary agent.

Patrick Wilson, Jackie Earle Haley, Matthew Goode, Billy Crudup, Jeffrey Dean Morgan ("Grey's Anatomy") and Malin Akerman will star in the Warner Bros. movie, which Zack Snyder is directing. Larry Gordon, Lloyd Levin and Deborah Snyder are producing.

[original post circa 25.07.07]


hidden amidst the movie 300's trailer was this reported single-(test)-image of "Rorschach", from Zack Synder's upcoming Watchmen-movie [via] - who "appears" at the 1 minute and 52-seconds-mark (which i didn't see/find at all tho) ... but thanks to AICN, here's the image (above) - of coz photoshopped brighter by yours truly (below) :p



"Rorschach is a fictional character, a superhero featured in the acclaimed 1986 DC Comics series Watchmen, arguably the main protagonist of the series ... Wearing the inkblot-like mask he considers his true face, Rorschach has continued his one-man battle against crime long after superheroes became both detested and illegal. Rorschach’s actions and journal writings display a belief in objectivism and moral absolutism, where good and evil are clearly defined and evil must be violently punished. He has alienated himself from the rest of society to achieve these aims." [wiki]

[original post circa 10.03.07]


there was even a time when Darren Aronofsky (the director of The Fountain, πand requiem for a dream) was going to direct the big screen adaptation of Alan Moore's (together with artist, Dave Gibbons) The Watchmen! *how effin cool would that have been?*

... and then he was not again, choosing to direct The Fountain instead ... which i reckon its cool for what it's worth lah ...

consider this:

found on the www = a fanboy wish for the casting of The Watchmen:
(am sorry but i dunno who created this, so can't credit properly - do lemme know otherwise, yeah? thanx!)

Ed Harris as Dr. Manhattan?
Mel Gibson as The Comedian?
Ralph Fiennes as Ozymandias?
Michael Douglas as Captain Metropolis?
... tho i'd reckon maybe even Michael Keaton as Rorschach?
and i'd hedge my bets on Catherine Zeta-Jones as The Silk Spectre and a maybe George Clooney as the Nite Owl (of having a second chance at superhero-dom, that was the agony of Batman and Robin *nudge-nudge-heh* :p)

heck, this'll sure be a power-packed cast wouldn't it? tho the reality being no one might wanna cast a movie filled with old "mature-actors" (as the original comicbook story is about) and hence harder to greenlight something that "doesn't cater to the general/mass demographic" (in my own lil conspiracy-addled-mindworld, i insist :p) ... for mayhap some comic-books are not meant for celluloid adaptation (*especially the classics* IMHO) ... and perhaps the future lies in the creation of new characters and new stories that blend/meld comicbooks and the celluloid (ala The Fountain) and that would be fine by me, that would - IMHO, of coz.

[original post circa 22.11.05]


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