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]