Zach Dawn of the Dead Snyder in talks to direct Watchmen
30th Mar 06
Ever since last summer's news that Paramount had placed Paul Greengrass' vision of Watchmen in turnaround, fans of the classic Frank Miller graphic novel have been holding their breath waiting to see if any filmic phoenix would rise from the ashes of this long-in-development project.
Well, there may well be a phoenix rising after all (or a Dr Manhatten regenerating himself if you don't want to mix your comic metaphors), as aintitcoolnews.com have revealed that Dawn of the Dead director Zach Snyder is in talks to take over the directorial role in the project, now at Warner Bros.
As far as we're concerned, Zach Snyder would make a perfect choice to translate what many see as the Holy Grail of comic books, especially considering the amazing job he did of pulling off his last project - a remake of the Holy Grail of zombie movies, George A. Romero's Dawn of the Dead. Let's cross fingers that this one actually comes off with a budget it truly deserves.
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As well as Paul Greengrass, other film directors previously linked to the film version of Watchmen have included Terry Gilliam and Darren Aronofsky.
Early in the 1990s, Terry Gilliam was reportedly attached to make a big-screen verson of the adventures of Dr Manhatten, the Comedian, Nite Owl, Rorschach (or rawshark...) and Ozymandias, before he bailed saying it was impossible to translate the scale of the story to the silver screen.