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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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Wednesday, November 3, 2004

According to Ain't It Cool News, director Darren Aronofsky has departed Paramount Pictures' Watchmen movie in favor of turning his attention fully on The Fountain. The site reports that the reason the Pi and Requiem for a Dream helmer has moved off turning the critically lauded graphic novel into a feature film has to do with Paramount's eagerness to have the movie ready for audiences by the summer of 2006. Since Aronofsky would still be hip-deep in production of The Fountain, bringing Alan Moore's superheroes to life just isn't in the cards for the D-man.

- Ain't It Cool News. Comment on this Scoop (0)
Tuesday, September 28, 2004

Could Simon Pegg, he of Spaced fame, be one day pulling a Rorschach mask over his face before cameras started to roll? According to the actor, he's under consideration for the part of Watchmen's borderline psychotic vigilante. "I just reread Watchmen because I got sent the screenplay," Pegg tells CHUD exclusively. "We know the producer, Lloyd Levin, and I told him I was interested, so he sent it along as something to think about. I would just love to play Rorschach."

- It came from CHUD. Comment on this Scoop (0)
Friday, August 13, 2004

Jude Law wants to play the smartest man in the world, and he's got a tattoo to show he can do it. Law spoke recently with Empire Online and revealed that not only is he a comic book fan, he's got a desire to play one of the parts in Darren Aronofsky's Watchmen movie.

Surprisingly, Law didn't know that the director of Requiem for a Dream and Pi was now developing the Alan Moore comic book as a potential movie. "Darren Aronofsky? I'm on the phone NOW!" Law exclaimed to Empire, his fanboy roots showing. Then, to prove he knows his source material the actor tossed out the name of Ozymandias, the former superhero-turned-billionaire in the Watchmen world: "Adrian Veidt, King of Kings!" And to top it off, Law then told the Empire reporter that he sports a tattoo of Rorschach, Watchmen's anarchistic vigilante that wears an ever-changing inky mask.

Sounds like all Aronofsky has to do is call Law up and he'll be in. Who knows how many other Hollywood celebrities harbor secret loves for comics?

- Empire Online. Comment on this Scoop (0)
Friday, July 23, 2004

First reported by Ain't It Cool News way back in April, today Variety acknowledges that Requiem for a Dream director Darren Aronofsky is now attached to helm the proposed live-action film adaptation of Alan Moore and Dave Gibbon's Watchmen. A couple of weeks following AICN's news report, Entertainment Weekly said that a proposed deal that would see Aronofsky direct Watchmen for Revolution Studios fell through, and nothing further was heard about it until today's news broke in The Hollywood Reporter.

As it now stands Paramount Pictures is the new home for the legendary comic book property. David Hayter's draft still remains in the loop under Aronofsky's watch, with the director's producing partner, Eric Watson, joining Lloyd Levin and Larry Gordon.

- The Hollywood Reporter. Comment on this Scoop (0)
Wednesday, February 4, 2004

A scooper that wishes to be called "The Jerk" sent us eleven movie scoops. Among their number was a scoop about possible casting thoughts being made for the Watchmen film. We cannot guarantee what the scooper tells us is authentic or even the latest from inside the production's camp, but it is interesting.

Our scooper said they had heard the names of Sigourney Weaver as the Silk Spectre and Daniel Craig as Rorschach mentioned.

Some months back there were rumors that casting ideas for the Watchmen movie were being tossed around, including the intriguing idea of casting John Cusack as The Nite Owl. This is the first rumor we've heard mentioning either Weaver or Craig specifically.

Our scooper added that the role Weaver would play would be the older version of Silk Spectre (the younger Spectre is her daughter and wife of Dr. Manhattan.) Craig played Alex West in the first Tomb Raider film and also had roles in Road to Perdition, Elizabeth and The Ice House.

- "The Jerk" is not related to Steve Martin. Comment on this Scoop (0)
Friday, October 26, 2001

In both of today's issues of The Hollywood Reporter and Variety, an announcement was made that Universal Pictures is optioning the film rights for Watchmen, for David Hayter to write the screenplay and to possible direct the film. According to Variety, Hayter is getting at least $1 million dollars to adapt the 12-issue comic book into a feature length screenplay.

- The Hollywood Reporter, Variety. Comment on this Scoop (0)
Sunday, September 30, 2001

The Last Comic Site continued its coverage of David Hayter's interest in the Watchmen film today by publishing a report from an eyewitness who saw Hayter make the announcement at the Vancouver Film Festival. In addition to describing how Hayter broke the information to the assembled crowd, the screenwriter also talked about how he would choose to adapt the film for today's audiences...

"He went on to talk about how the events of Sept. 11th would affect the production and as horrified as he was over the attacks a part of him was very upset that Watchmen, which culminated in a devastating blow to New York resulting in something like a million deaths, would be permanently shelved after all the work put into it and the anticipation this movie has had for so very many years. There were talks about how to deal with it since the story was set in 1985. So far the project is still in development and since it would be at least two years before the movie was released the nervousness will have settled some."

- The Last Comic Site. Comment on this Scoop (0)
Saturday, September 29, 2001

The Last Comic Site reports that screenwriter David Hayter is writing the screenplay for Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons' classic Watchmen comic book series. Hayter received sole screenwriting credit on the X-Men movie and has since gone on to become a hot property in Hollywood. He's turned in his adaptation for Universal's Hulk movie as well as writing the sequel for Pitch Black titled The Chronicles of Riddick.

According to LCS' source, when Hayter adapts the 12-issue Watchmen story into a two-hour screenplay, some of the material in Moore's comic will have to be jettisoned. One of the first components Hayter is removing is the "Tales of the Black Freighter", the pirate story comic book told throughout the Watchmen comic arc. Readers familiar with Watchmen know that the "Black Freighter" story isn't a vital element of the overall story told in Watchmen, and Hayter's decision to excise this part of the mini-series seems appropriate.

Director Terry Gilliam, formerly linked with the project, is no longer involved with the Watchmen film.

- The Last Comic Site. Comment on this Scoop (0)
Monday, April 9, 2001

Nope, still no movement. An anonymous scooper reminded us that at the end of last year, Darren Aronofsky mentioned this project as one of the stories he'd like to have a go at. Hmmm.

- Originally appeared in Empire Online; scooped by anonymous. Comment on this Scoop (0)
Wednesday, June 14, 2000

What superhero movie round-up would be complete without mentioning this project? Entertainment Weekly included it, and not much has changed. It's still in the basement of development hell, Gordon still attached as producer. Here's the bit that gives a glimmer of hope for the future? Well, a small glimmer but still:

"Both Gordon and [Terry] Gilliam declined to comment on Watchmen's past or future, but [artist Dave] Gibbons thinks that its time may have passed: 'It was most likely to happen when Batman was a big success, but then that window was lost. If this new X-Men movie is a big hit, maybe that will open up another window. But to be honest, I'm not holding my breath.' "

It's true. If X-Men destroys the box office, then you can bet comic book adaptations will be seriously in vogue again. But if the big X bombs, then you can bet a lot of film projects will wind up right alongside this one. No pressure, Mr. Singer.

- Entertainment Weekly. Comment on this Scoop (0)
Monday, December 14, 1998

"To my knowledge, you probably know more about what's happening with Watchmen than myself," Sam Hamm recently told Coming Attractions creator Patrick Sauriol when he had the opportunity to talk about his unused draft of this movie project. Hamm hasn't heard a peep about this project since his involvement with Terry Gilliam's failed attempt a decade ago. If the project ever heats up again Hamm speculates the story's setting in the late 80's may get in the way. "There's so much Cold War stuff that's gone by teens may be left scratching their heads about what's going on. There's a lot you would have to move around."

- Thanks to Sam Hamm for cashing in his Veidt Industries stock options. Comment on this Scoop (0)
Sunday, September 6, 1998

Corona Coming Attractions writer Widgett recently got a hold of the Sam Hamm script for this project, and has filed this report:

"God, I'm pissed.  Wait, I'm getting ahead of myself.  I'm scowling right now at a first draft of the screenplay by Sam Hamm, dated 9 September 1988.  That should give you some more of a clue as to how long this sucker's been in development hell.  Anyway, I really liked some of the subtle touches that Hamm provides.  The Vietnam memorial is now a statue of Dr. Manhattan carrying a G.I. and a list of 400 names.  Nixon came out of retirement to be President again and G. Gordon Liddy is now Secretary of State.  I was able to handle some of the changes he made as well, such as there being only one Silk Spectre.  Also, the heroes are known as The Watchmen, when that name was never applied to them in the comic.  In fact, other than that, the screenplay is the comic essentially, which is why I got so excited reading through it, thinking to myself 'Damn, Sam, this is just dead on!'  I felt that through the first 105 pages and then...the cry went out across my apartment, 'LAME! LAME! LAME!'  The incredibly taut ending of the series and the delivery of that bit, "Stop me?  It's already done.  Thirty-five minutes ago, in fact." (or the like) is gone.  Instead you're left with some bizarre time travel/alteration bit which isn't half as interesting as Moore's original climax.  I was quite let down.

"The only thing I took away from this reading is that Watchmen could translate so well and (it seemed) so easily to the big screen that I'm torn between being ecstatic that it could happen or wondering whether or not it should happen at all.  That and I'm reminded how Rorschach is one of the coolest characters ever."

- Widgett's script reviews always go better with Nostalgia. Comment on this Scoop (0)
Monday, June 29, 1998

Over at Ain't It Cool News, Harry Knowles mentions Terry Gilliam once again as a possibility for the director's chair (which is not news anymore, Gilliam's a big fan of the series, having been spotted wearing the trademark "smiley face" button) but he also says that he's got $100 million plus is in the purse. Watchmen creator Alan Moore himself was apparently approached to screenwrite.  He not only turned the offer down, but told Gilliam he shouldn't make the film, calling such a movie "unmakeable."

Gilliam was the first candidate for the Watchmen director having been originally approached by producer Joel Silver in the early 1990s, and then again in 1996 by whoever picked up the rights after Silver's production fell through.  However, Gilliam now states that he's come around to Moore's way of thought and now believes that the film can't be done. In fact, Gilliam has said, "I think it's going to be impossible to make as a film, unless you make it three and a half hours long, which most people aren't going to want."

- Ain't It Cool News, Wizard. 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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