Friday, March 24, 2006
Film Adapation of Watchmen Update: Still in Limbo, But This Time With a Great Director
Some good news before the weekend for all of you comic-book geek readers. (Of my 13 readers I'd say at least half of you have some interest in comics.) Anyway, Aintitcool.com is reporting that Zack Snyder is in very early negotiations to direct Watchmen. Snyder's the guy that brought us the 2004 Dawn of the Dead remake that, I thought, was one of the top ten films of that year. Right now he's working on the adapation of another graphic novel, Frank Miller's The 300, (slated for release in 2007) which relates the story of 300 Spartan soldiers who, outnumberd 100,000 to one, staved off an attack from the Persians. It's going to be good. I remember when I first saw Dawn of the Dead, I thought to myself, whimsically, of course, "If I ever wanted someone to direct a script or an adapation of mine, I think I'd want it to be this guy." Snyder's a solid storyteller with a great visual sense. He never made a misstep in that film. So, far from making me feel anxious as to the kind of job he'd do with hallowed material like Watchmen, (as I would be if Warner Bros. were talking to say, Brett Ratner or McG), I'm as excited to see what he'd do with the material as I would be if they were talking to Peter Jackson or Jim Cameron or Steven Spielberg. Anyway, here's hoping they make a deal soon so we can see this thing hit theaters before the end of the decade. All right, folks. Have an awesome weekend.