BIG Watchmen Update!!!

Mtv has a really great story on Zack Snyder’s upcoming adaptation of WATCHMEN!!!

Definitely a lot of news in this one… here’s what you’ll find…

On casting:

The red-hot director, intent on using his newfound Hollywood clout to stay true to Alan Moore’s refreshingly dark comic classic, also offered a promising non-denial regarding rumors that names like Jude Law, Keanu Reeves and Patrick Wilson had been offered roles. “Um — you know what? I would say ‘No,’ but then you’d call me later and go like, ‘Dude, what are you doing?’ ” Snyder laughed. “I don’t know who’s leaking this stuff, but they’re good.”

On Shooting:

“(We’ll be shooting) up in Canada, starting in September,” Snyder said of the film, which Hollywood has been trying to get off the ground for a decade and a half, under directors ranging from Terry Gilliam to Paul Greengrass. “(We’ll be shooting) real soon.”

On his favorite scene:

As he does so, he told us that he’s most looking forward to shooting the opening scene of the flick. “At the beginning of the movie there’s a character called the Comedian,” Snyder said of the ill-fated former hero whose murder begins the story. “He gets in a fight with a guy that we don’t know who it is, and [the Comedian] gets thrown out a window. That’s what I’m working on right now, and it’s pretty intense.”

This is sounding better and better. I know a lot of fans are nervous that the book can’t be trimmed down for a feature film… I’d agree, but I still think the INSPIRATION for a great movie is there… I was really happy to hear they’ll be keeping the 80s Cold War Era setting– I really don’t see how you adapt THE WATCHMEN’S theme if you take away that “Its the End of the World” paranoia that came with the times.

Jude Law as Ozymandias would be PERFECT. And Keanu is a great fit for Dr. Manhattan– he’s got that detached, distant thing the character needs.

And let’s be honest– Snyder’s 300 rocked. It was one of the best comic adaptations of all time, and VERY faithful to the source material. If anyone has earned a shot at this, its him. Can’t wait to hear more… and with fall shooting, expect some casting confirmations pretty soon…

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