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Release Date: March 6, 2009 (North America)

Genres: Comic Book, Drama, Science Fiction          MPAA Rating: R

Production Phase: Released

Studio: Warner Bros.   Production Company: Legendary Pictures

Who's In It: Billy Crudup (Jon Osterman / Dr. Manhattan), Jackie Earle Haley (Walter Kovacs/Rorschach), Patrick Wilson (Dan Dreiberg/Nite Owl II), Malin Akerman (Laurie Juspeczyk/Silk Spectre II), Matthew Goode (Adrian Veidt/Ozymandias)

Who's Making It: Zack Snyder (Director), David Hayter (Screenwriter), Alex Tse (Screenwriter), Deborah Snyder (Producer), Lawrence Gordon (Producer)

Premise: In an alternate 1985 Richard Nixon is serving his fifth term as the American President, the most powerful being in the world is a blue-skinned man named Dr. Manhattan and the world stands poised on... More »

Official Website: www.watchmenmovie.com

What We Think: The most critically acclaimed comic book ever, fans have dreamed of a Watchmen movie while also living in fear of it. Can the graphic novel's deep, multi-layered storyline be successfully adapted to film? Will mainstream... More »

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Tuesday, February 12, 2008

The Watchmen production story took a bizarre twist today when it was learned that 20th Century Fox has filed a lawsuit against Warner Bros. "over the rights to develop, produce, and distribute" the movie. Fox filed paperwork four days ago saying that it still has the rights to distribute the show, not Warners. According to the document, Fox acquired the film rights to Watchmen inbetween 1986 and 1990 including screenplay drafts by Sam Hamm and Charles McKeown. Back in 1991 Largo Entertainment was developing the property when the production company fell apart, with the rights reverting back to producer Lawrence Gordon. However, Fox claims that there was a turnaround agreement between Gordon and the studio which amounted to the producer having to buy out Fox's interest in the property if he wanted to shop Watchmen elsewhere around Hollywood. Fox claims that it never received that buyout.

How this legal snafu will eventually work itself out remains to be seen.

- The Hollywood Reporter. Comment on this Scoop (0)
Friday, January 18, 2008

There is another new production blog entry for Watchmen to make note of and director Zack Snyder is back to share another insight into the making of his movie and this time he talks about the importance of storyboards. Snyder illustrated his own 'boards for Watchmen (that's 2,581 individual frames in case you wanted to know) and constantly refers back to them multiple times throughout any given day. He also took the unusual route of distributing his storyboards to each department so that his original vision of the way he wants to film the scene remains intact. "The boards often spur discussions that raise important questions," Snyder explains in the update. "Many times the answers to these questions are crucial to a successful shoot."

Two examples of Snyder's storyboards as well as the related panel from the original Watchmen can be viewed on the site.

- Watchmen production blog. Comment on this Scoop (0)
Friday, December 21, 2007

Dave Gibbons has posted a second blog entry, this time talking mostly about what thought of the film's sets. "I watch footage of Rorschach pulling Nite Owl off a bloodied Knot Top; I flip through an issue of the Black Freighter; on a laptop, I see raw CGI blocking for the Vietnam sequence; I hold a smiley face pin splattered with what looks like real human bean juice; sitting in my own personal director's chair, I sign dozens of books and posters for cast and crew..."

Visit the blog to find out what Gibbons is still doing a month after returning from his set visit.

- Watchmen production blog. Comment on this Scoop (0)
Friday, December 14, 2007

Calling it "perhaps the most surreal experience of my life," Watchmen illustrator and co-creator Dave Gibbons has blogged about his experience visiting the set of the film. In the latest production blog entry, Gibbons describes what it was like watching the show's actors play out a pivotal scene dressed up as the characters he helped create more than twenty years ago. "I'm overwhelmed by the depth and detail of what I'm seeing," writes Gibbons as he has the opportunity to meet and greet the stars. "But more than that. I'm overwhelmed by the commitment, the passion, the palpable desire to do this right.

"I'm starting to feel a glow that eclipses even Dr. Manhattan's..." Sounds like he liked what he saw.

- Watchmen production blog. Comment on this Scoop (0)
Monday, November 26, 2007

In the latest update to the Watchmen production blog, Zack Snyder tells the world that the production is now filming scenes on the exterior sets made to look like New York City. "Since the New York City that is rendered in the graphic novel is so particular, it was very important to me that our backlot speak the same language, the vernacular of Watchmen," explains Zack Snyder. The director then goes on to list off a list of facts, such as how many nails it took to build the NYC backlot (200,000), how many feet of neon was needed to illuminate the various false storefronts (5,800) and much more. Included with the update are four photos showing street scenes of the exterior sets including the green newsstand and the outside storefront of the Gunga Diner.

- Watchmen production blog. Comment on this Scoop (0)
Tuesday, November 13, 2007

MTV Movies Blog has reported another piece of casting news: Matt Frewer will play the part of Moloch the Mystic in the Watchmen film. In the comic book Moloch was a villain that has some history with the costumed heroes but in the story's setting (1985) he's a retired man living alone in a one-bedroom apartment. During the course of the story Moloch has a dramatic encounter with Rorschach.

Frewer is best known for playing the iconic Max Headroom during the '80s. He also starred in Snyder's Dawn of the Dead remake.

- MTV Movies Blog. Comment on this Scoop (0)
Friday, November 2, 2007

It's called the War Room, the office space where the cast and key crew members can gather around a large square table to do a read-through of the script or plan on how best to film upcoming scenes. From the top to bottom, all of the room's walls are covered with conceptual artwork, storyboards, notes and blown-up panels from the Watchmen comic book, all divided up into specific scenes. "One of the things I love about the graphic novel is the incredible attention to detail," Zack Snyder says in the blog posting. "Here in the war room, we have created a place where all the departments can combine and display applicable reference, rendering a similar level of detail. From set concepts, to location photos, concepts for props, costumes, vehicles and even product logos, the surrounding walls incorporate it all. These walls are very useful in helping us keep track of so many different elements."

Three photos are included with the entry, two showing Snyder looking at items on the wall and the other image is of Snyder and his production team sitting down for a meeting. If you look closely, in the background of one photo you can see a size comparison chart of the main superhero characters...and get a fuzzy look at the costumes that they will be wearing.

- Watchmen production blog. Comment on this Scoop (0)
Tuesday, August 21, 2007

"I think my big thing is that we totally respect his wishes to not be involved in the movie, and I totally get that," director Zack Snyder says of Watchmen co-creator Alan Moore's decision to remain separate and apart from the cinematic adaptation of his book. "I'm just going to try and not make any assumptions about how he feels about the movie because I think that's a danger and exactly what he doesn't want. I hope, like I say, that he does get a chance to see it one day. My thing is, and I think that this is an important part of it, that I'm not trying to replace the book. My hope is that more people will read the book because the movie comes out. Maybe it's like a giant ad for the book."

- Wizard Universe. Comment on this Scoop (0)
Friday, August 17, 2007

While it's not a surprise, it's still news: composer Tyler Bates has confirmed that he will do the score for Watchmen. Bates also created the soundtrack for director Zack Snyder's last film, 300.

"I'm going to start flying up there one week per month starting November. They're filming until February," Bates told Shock Till you Drop. "So I'll bring a studio with me. I'll bring my music editor with me, so I'm going to write for the assembly and we'll do mash-ups of music that's not from other movies, but our own… hopefully I can do most of it from writing but obviously we have to generate a lot of material quickly to meet the needs of the editor."

- Shock Till You Drop Comment on this Scoop (0)
Thursday, August 9, 2007

Carla Gugino has joined the cast of Watchmen. The Sin City actress will play the part of Sally Jupiter, a.k.a. the first Silk Spectre, one of the original vigilante crimefighters that debuted in the 1940s and that paved the way for the later generation of heroes. Gugino will play the role at different ages of her life beginning with the character when she was in her early twenties up to her mid-sixties.

- The Hollywood Reporter. Comment on this Scoop (0)
Friday, August 3, 2007

Some photos from the Watchmen movie panel at this year's San Diego Comic Convention have gone up on the film's official production blog along with a new entry by Zack Snyder.

- Watchmen production blog. Comment on this Scoop (0)
Sunday, July 29, 2007

In an interview with Ain't It Cool News, Zack Snyder explains what's the latest on Watchmen. "I shoot from the 17th of September to the end of February, so it's quite a long shoot. It's like a hundred days," Snyder reveals.

The AICN interview delves into the creative decisions that Snyder and his production team are making as they count down the days until filming starts. Among the topics touched upon in the sit-down was the current thinking about how much of the "Tales From the Black Freighter" pirate story will be seen in the finished film, what kind of accent Jackie Earle Haley would use to voice the masked vigilante Rorscharch and what some of the pre-production artwork that hangs on the office wall looks like.

"I had my friend, who's an illustrator, he did a painting for me, because we're doing a series of paintings... sort of just inspirational things that have nothing to do with the movie, but it's a shot of the... you know the Enola Gay?...Well, it's flying away from Hiroshima and you can see the mushroom cloud behind it... it's a beautiful painting, but instead of 'Enola Gay,' it says 'The Ms. Jupiter' on it with a shot of Sally, in her Vargas... it's so cool."

- Ain't It Cool News Comment on this Scoop (0)
Friday, July 27, 2007

As the 2007 San Diego Comic Convention begins in earnest, Warner Bros. has released a promotional poster for the film. Illustrated by Dave Gibbons, fans of the Watchmen graphic novel will know precisely when the event depicted in the poster takes place. The poster shows an extreme close-up of The Comedian and the fist of his assailant as he is attacked in his New York apartment. Look closer at the poster's detail and you can see that it's the moment just before the infamous blood-spattered smiley face is created...

- Watchmen production blog. Comment on this Scoop (0)
Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Both Variety and The Hollywood Reporter have confirmed the casting of Billy Crudup, Matthew Goode, Jackie Earle Haley, Malin Akerman, Patrick Wilson and Jeffrey Dean Morgan to Watchmen. Deborah Snyder, Larry Gordon and Lloyd Levin will be the producers.

- Variety, The Hollywood Reporter. Comment on this Scoop (0)
Sunday, July 22, 2007

The latest Watchmen casting rumor to break is that of Ozymandias, the Egyptian-themed hero/world's smartest man. According to IESB, the part has gone to an English actor named Matthew Goode whose most recent credits include the latest version of Brideshead Revisited with Emma Thompson. IESB expects to have their casting scoop confirmed at the forthcoming San Diego Comic Convention.

- IESB.net. Comment on this Scoop (0)


 

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Jakester

Has anyone checked out the Watchmen Saturday Morning Cartoon opening posted on youtube?

Morpheus

Posting my review in the Lounge as we speak ...

Jimzip

So... excited... Jimzip :D

The Swollen Goiter of God

I'm guessing it was made by folks involved with the movie, but won't be in the movie.

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