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Heute findet die Weltpremiere von "Watchmen" am Leicester Square in London statt, u.a. mit Marlin Akerman, Billy Crudup. Patrick Wilson, Matthew Goode, Jackie Earle Haley, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Carla Gugino und Regisseur Zack Snyder...
Bei Collider gibt es eine Kritik zur US-Veröffentlichung "Watchmen: The Complete Motion Comic" auf DVD... Und MTV.com zeigt einen neuen Clip / Ausschnitt, in dem sich Silk Spectre und Nite Owl im Gefängnis herumschlagen...
Bei EW.com gibt es 6 exklusive Cover zu bestaunen... Wie CHUD meldet, taucht die berühmte "Squid" in gewisser Weise doch im Film auf...
Ausserdem gibt es Infos zur "Watchmen" DVD/Blu-ray Veröffentlichung, u.a. zum Director's Cut...
Bei AICN gibt es eine Filmkritik...
[...] Yes, it's long but yes it's extremely faithful to the graphic novel, to the point that the sex and violence is almost HARSHER than I remember it being in the comic. Cleavers are embeddded in heads, legs snapped in two, arms sawn off with circular saws. No punches are pulled. Small changes have been made here and there (Dr Manhattan being at the first moon landing and The Comedian pulling the trigger on Kennedy in the opening credit montage and quite a lot of extra Nixon and Kissinger stuff) but it's all very delicately handled by someone who has fought hard to keep the source material there and knows how to compliment it - it's very impressive.
Visually it's as if they've all stepped out of the comic and only the bare minimum of CGI is used - a concern of mine when I heard Snyder was going to be directing. The cast all look the part and are mostly very good with Jefferey Dean Morgan's Comedian being the standout chewing scenery all the way and Jackie Earle Haley doing a wonderful job behind Rorshasch's mask.
The music is very clever - many of the songs referenced originally are used and he uses The Times They Are A Changin over the opening credits to sweepingly tell the whole story of the Minutemen and costumed heroes right the way to 1985 in 2 minutes.
My only one concern as a fanboy is that the ending has been changed, ever so slightly. [...]
Bei CS! gibt es einen Setbericht... "Watchmen" TV-Spot #6 und diverse Clips sind online !!!
Bei CS! gibt es Bilder von der Toy Fair 2009...
"Watchmen" TV-Spot #5 ist online...
Bei CS! gibt es die komplette Bildergalerie... Und der "Watchmen: Tales of the Black Freighter & Under the Hood" Trailer ist online !!!
Bei EW.com gibt es sehenswerte Porträts der Hauptcharaktere...
Zwei neue "Watchmen" TV-Spots sind online...
Das "Watchmen" Video-Journal #11 ist online !!! Und CS! berichtet über die Präsentation auf der NY Comic-Con...
Im ArtsBeat Blog bei NYTimes.com gibt es ein Interview mit Zack Snyder, der u.a. nach einer möglichen Fortsetzung gefragt wurde...
[...] Now that Warner Brothers can actually see what you’ve done with "Watchmen," has anyone tried to broach the subject of a sequel?
No, no. I don’t know how you would do that. We never did it, but we were going to do a limited release Bazooka bubble gum. I wanted Dave [Gibbons] to draw a comic book for me, and you had to collect all of them to make it make sense. I think it’s three panels per bubble gum, and you had to get 10 gums to make it all. And I was going to make a thing called Planet Rorschach. So you see this planet, and it’s covered with New York City. It’s like a planet of New York City. There’s no suburbs. There’s one giant Empire State Building, like Mount Olympus, in the middle of it. And hovering above the needle is Manhattan, blue, glowing. But the planet’s going, "Hurm, hurm, hurm, hurm, hurm, hurm." You can’t tell, it’s this big, deafening, "Hurm." And as you get close, you go down into the city and the whole world is populated with Rorschachs. And they’re all bumping into each other, going, "Hurm, hurm, no compromise, hurm, hurm, Armageddon." That’s basically it. So I was like, "Is that the movie you guys want to make?"
So, definitely, no "Watchmen" sequel?
Listen, they own the rights. If they wanted to go and hire some guy to make them a sequel to "Watchmen," I don’t know that they would get any of those actors to do it, and I know that I wouldn’t have anything to do with it. But they own it. They can do whatever they want. They can make a movie - I’ve spoiled it, I think, a little bit. Do you leave that film going, "Man, I wonder what the next chapter is?" [laughs] [...]
Bei MTV.com kann man das IMAX-Poster bewundern...
Bei EW.com gibt es ein neues Bild und den Hinweis auf die Website Cruelfilms.com...
Bei TotalFilm.com und Empire Online gibt es sehenswerte Bilder aus "Watchmen"-Begleitbüchern...
Bei Yahoo! Movies gibt es das finale "Watchmen"-Poster... Und bei SHH! gibt es ein exklusives Bild...
Bei CS! gibt es Infos zum "Watchmen"-Soundtrack, dem Score und dem Motion Comic News...
Bei YouTube.com gibt es den fiktiven TV-Beitrag "NBS Nightly News with Ted Philips, March 11th 1970", welcher Mr. Manhattan näher beleuchtet...
Ein weiterer "Watchmen" TV-Spot ist online !!! Und unter TheNewFrontiersman.net ist eine filmbezogene Website gestartet...
A scheduled Tuesday court conference between Fox and Warner Bros. attorneys has been canceled, fueling talk that a settlement in the contentious "Watchmen" case is imminent.
Fox sued Warners last February, saying the Burbank-based studio infringed on its rights to make the comic book adaptation. In December, when federal judge Gary A. Feess ruled that Fox has distribution rights to the film, Warners faced the prospect of having the film's March 6 release blocked.
Settlement talks between the two sides became serious over the weekend and continued to heat up yesterday.
A settlement could cost Warners tens of millions of dollars. A case involving copyright ownership of Warners' "The Dukes of Hazzard," which Feess blocked from release in 2005, ended in a settlement worth a reported $17.5 million.
With "Watchmen," an adaptation of the Alan Moore graphic novel with a budget in the $130 million range, the financial stakes are higher. According to sources, Fox is asking for upfront fees as well as a percentage of the back-end.
Ein "Watchmen" TV-Spot ist online !!!
Nun melden sich die Parteien im Rechtsstreit zu Wort: IESB zitiert Larry Gordon und bei HITFIX gibt es einen offenen Brief des WB-Produzenten Lloyd Levin...
We've received new updates on director Zack Snyder's Watchmen, opening in conventional theaters and IMAX on March 6.
First up, we're told that a new viral microsite for the film has gone live at TheNewFrontiersman.net. In the "Watchmen," Rorschach is obsessed with conspiracy theories, and gets much of his information from a far right-wing magazine called The New Frontiersman. "There is no content on the site right now but the seal will break early next week, and there will be a fair bit of content on the site leading up to the release of the film, including photos, documents and video," our source said.
Speaking of new photos, Total Film magazine has some for you right here!
Meanwhile, the Watchmen tie-in DVD movie Tales of the Black Freighter has been rated R for violent and grisly images. [...]
THR.com liefert neue Infos zum Rechtsstreit...
Tuesday, Jan. 20 could be D-day in the "Watchmen" dispute. Or rather I-day, when Fox and Warner Bros. have agreed to let Judge Gary A. Feess decide whether to issue an injunction against the film's release.
But Warners is asking that the hearing be moved up to as early as Monday because "time is critical," the studio argues in papers filed this week. "Watchmen" is scheduled for a March 6 bow, and Warners must soon commit to tens of millions of dollars in marketing for a film it isn't sure it can release.
The injunction fight stems from Feess' Christmas Eve preliminary ruling that Fox has a right to distribute the Zack Snyder adaptation of the popular graphic novel. Feess found that producer Lawrence Gordon failed to acquire Fox's entire interest in "Watchmen," thereby leaving Fox with rights under a 1994 turnaround agreement.
The studios are now battling over the key issue of whether that decision allows Fox to stop the film's release or whether the parties should proceed to a trial over money damages.
In papers filed this week, the studios laid out their arguments. Warners cites a precedent-setting decision involving eBay that says a plaintiff in a copyright-infringement case must, among other things, prove that it will be irreparably harmed without an injunction and that money damages will not be an adequate remedy.
In fact, Warners claims, the opposite is true in this case. While Fox had "abandoned" the "Watchmen" property, Warners claims it has spent more than $150 million to make and market the film in a "carefully choreographed" plan to peak moviegoer interest on March 6. Barring the release will cause grave damage to Warners and third parties like exhibitors who are counting on the release of the movie, the studio argues.
Fox claims that the eBay case does not apply in this instance and that Warners' infringement of its rights entitles it to stop the release.
A status conference is scheduled for Friday morning in Feess' Los Angeles courtroom to determine when the hearing will take place. Warners is seeking to bring live witnesses to the proceeding, while Fox instead wants Feess to stop the release based on arguments submitted to the judge in writing. The hearing is expected to last two to three days and could feature testimony from top studio execs like Warners domestic distribution head Dan Fellman.
If the injunction is granted, Warners would be barred from releasing the film, though it likely would appeal immediately. Feess has encouraged the parties to settle the dispute.
Fox initially filed suit in February.
Das "Watchmen" Video-Journal #10 und ein japanischer Trailer sind online !!! Und bei play3.de gibt es Screenshots aus dem kommenden "Watchmen: The End is Nigh"-Videospiel...
Bei MySpace.com gibt es eine neue Video-Featurette...
Bei Variety.com gibt es neue Infos zum Rechtsstreit...
Bei Cracked.com gibt es einen lesenswerten Kommentar zum Rechtsstreit...
Bei Variety.com gibt es neue Infos zum Rechtsstreit...
Bei CHUD gibt es eine Beschreibung von 22 Minuten aus "Watchmen", hier nur die Kritik des Gesehenen...
[...] The pace of these scenes were deliberate but not slow; Snyder isn't rushing the introductions of these characters. He's playing it like a drama. Still, I wonder if this stuff will be this way in the finished film - 22 minutes just took us to page 13 of the first issue (although some of Rorschach's voice over in the apartment search comes from his journal entries on page 14). Watching this footage helps you understand why the opening fight scene has been expanded - there's no more real action for some time in the story, and Snyder needs a way to hook virginal viewers into this story, especially because the first half hour is going to be a lot of exposition and background material. Between the credits and Hollis telling his stories there's a solid ten minutes of history; there's more history slipped into the Dan/Rorschach conversation.
The film is packed with details. Every frame seems to have something that lends depth to the world or background to the characters; there were elements in the opening scene that I missed the first time around and only caught here. This is definitely a movie that will have a high replay value, both for the uninitiated and the hardcore fan.
Finally, the performances seemed right on. [...]
Bei GameTrailers.com gibt es einen Trailer zum kommenden "Watchmen: The End is Nigh"-Videospiel...
Das "Watchmen" Comic-Con Footage ist online !!!
Das "Watchmen" Video-Journal #9 ist online !!!
Wie SciFi.com meldet, wird die "Watchmen"-Kinofassung derzeit auf die "richtige" Länge gestutzt, Fans des Comics müssen aber dennoch nicht verzagen...
Bei AICN gibt es einen Bericht über 30 Minuten aus "Watchmen"...
Bei Latino Review gibt es ein paar Screenshots aus dem kommenden "Watchmen: The End is Nigh"-Videospiel...
Bei MTV gibt es ein paar neue Bilder... Ausserdem führte Zack Snyder MTV durch das "Manhattan 1977"-Set... Und obendrein wird bei MTV über das geänderte Ende diskutiert... SPOILER !!!
Der neue "Watchmen" Trailer ist online !!!
Bei CS! gibt es neue Charakter-Poster...
Bei Yahoo! Movies gibt es ein neues Poster... Und DH sprach mit Zack Snyder...
Das "Watchmen" Video-Journal #8 ist online !!!
Bei Yahoo! Movies gibt es ein neues Teaser-Poster...
"Watchmen" Teaser-Trailer #2 ist online !!!
Via AICN kommt der Hinweis auf ein paar Kritiken zu einer "Watchmen"-Testvorführung...
Das "Watchmen" Video-Journal #7 ist online... Und bei CS! gibt es einen Audio-Mitschnitt der Q&A-Session mit Zack Snyder und Dave Gibbons...
Bei AICN beschreibt Mr. Beaks diverse Filmszenen... Und auch Moriarty von AICN hat diese gesehen...
Bei CS! gibt es eine detaillierte Beschreibung von diversen Filmszenen...
MTV sprach mit Patrick "Nite Owl" Wilson über eine mögliche Fortsetzung...
AICN berichtet über eine Paramount-Präsentation...
[...] We had an intro from Zach Snyder and then I finally got so see the footage they showed at Movie-con. Showed much more Rorschach as well and a little scene between the comedian and 1st silk spectre right before the attempted rape. I’m slightly more optimistic about Ozymadias now having seen him in full costume and his artic palace look really spot on. I get Goosebumps every time I see footage because Snyder seems to have 100% nailed the look of the film, lets just hope the dialogue lives up to the hype, again there was very little spoken word in this footage which worries me. [...]
Das "Watchmen" Video-Journal #6 ist online: "The Look of Watchmen" !!!
Bei Kapow! kann man einen Blick auf die Cover des brasilianischen Magazins SET werfen...
Wie io9.com wird Captain Metropolis im Film keine wichtige Rolle spielen...
Reuters.com berichtet über den Rechtsstreit...
Bei CS! gibt es ein paar neue HiRes-Szenenbilder !!! Und Slashfilm.com zitiert Kevin Smith...
[...] "I saw Watchmen. It’s fucking astounding. The Non-Disclosure Agreement I signed prevents me from saying much, but I can spout the following with complete joygasmic enthusiasm: Snyder and Co. have pulled it off. Remember that feeling of watching Sin City on the big screen and being blown away by what a faithful translation of the source material it was, in terms of both content and visuals? Triple that, and you’ll come close to watching Watchmen. Even Alan Moore might be surprised at how close the movie is to the book. March can’t come soon enough." [...]
Das "Watchmen" Video-Journal #5 ist online: "The Owlship" !!!
Bei CS! gibt es sehenswerte "Watchmen"-Poster von der Comic-Con... Und bei Empire Online kann man einen Blick auf die Cover des Magazins werfen...
Via Indigo Pearl gibt es Infos zum kommenden "Watchmen" Videospiel...
Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment gibt die Veröffentlichung von WATCHMEN bekannt, ein Episodenspiel zum Herunterladen, das auf dem kommenden Film der Warner Bros. Pictures basiert und 2009 für das Xbox 360® Videospiel- und Entertainmentsystem von Microsoft, das PLAYSTATION®3 Computer-Entertainment-System sowie Windows-PC erscheinen wird.
Das Spiel orientiert sich an Action und Intrigen des Films "Watchmen" [...]
"Wir übertragen das Watchmen-Universum in ein Spiel mit eigenständigen Episoden, in dem sich Action und Kampf zu einem großartigen Gesamterlebnis für die Fans zusammenfügen.", erklärte Samantha Ryan, SVP Produktion und Entwicklung bei Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment. "Die Filmemacher waren eine außerordentlich große Hilfe bei der Entwicklung der erstklassigen Story des Spiels, und wir tun alles dafür, den herausragenden visuellen Stil des Films zu erreichen."
Das auf WATCHMEN basierende Videospiel wird über den Film hinausgehen und die Charaktere, ihre Rivalitäten und Herausforderungen in dem erwachsenen Action-Brawler ausloten. Den Spieler erwarten intensive Superheldenkämpfe in der Rolle der Verbrecherjäger Rorschach and Nite Owl.
Der "Watchmen" Teaser-Trailer ist online !!!
Das "Watchmen" Video-Journal #3 ist online !!!
Bei AICN kann man einen Blick auf die Minutemen werfen...
Das "Watchmen" Video-Journal #2 ist online !!!
Bei YouTube.com gibt es einen Wettbewerb, bei dem User ihre selbst gestalteten Commercials in den Film einbringen können...
EW.com wirft einen Blick auf die "Watchmen"-Actionfiguren von Rorschach und Nite Owl...
Das "Watchmen" Video-Journal #1 ist online !!!
Auf der Offiziellen Website gibt es sehenswerte Bilder der Hauptcharaktere: Jeffrey Dean Morgan als The Comedian, Patrick Wilson als Nite Owl, Matthew Goode als Ozymandias, Jackie Earle Haley als Rorschach und Malin Akerman als Silk Spectre... Cool !!!
Empire Online meldet...
It’s been rumoured for a while now, but Gerard Butler has confirmed to Empire that he will be lending his vocal talents to the animated Tales Of The Black Freighter short that Zack Snyder is planning as a companion piece to Watchmen.
The Scottish actor had been linked with a role in Watchmen for a long time [...]
But, when Snyder hatched plans to film the Tales Of The Black Freighter comic-within-a-comic that tells the tale of a castaway’s mental and physical deterioration and damnation as he tries to intercept a ghost freighter headed for his hometown, and include it on the Watchmen DVD, Butler’s name surfaced once more.
And, speaking to Empire just the other day, he told us that he had committed to the project.
"I’m going to do the voice of the captain," said Butler. "They’re going to do it in the style of a Japanese anime and I’m totally stoked.
"I actually read the script before reading the comic book and I thought it was awesome," continued the 38 year-old. "Then I read the comic book and it’s great. The little bits that have been added define it so much more. It’s very dark and there’s just something so descriptive and scary. It’s this descent into madness but explained in such a sane way that you totally feel it yourself. By the end, my heart was pumping!"
Although considered extraneous to the plot of the movie proper by Snyder and his predecessor, Paul Greengrass, Tales Of The Black Freighter is a story that deepens the impact of Watchmen’s main plot, mirroring the arc of a character we won’t reveal. [...]
Auf der Offiziellen Website schreibt nun auch der Regisseur Zack Snyder über das Ende der Dreharbeiten und zeigt nebenbei ein neues Szenenbild...
Auf der Offiziellen Website schreibt der Produzent Herb Gains über das Ende der Dreharbeiten...
Auf der Offiziellen Website beantwortet Zack Snyder Fragen der Fans...
Hollywoodreporter.com berichtet über einen Rechtsstreit bzgl. der "Watchmen"-Verfilmung...
20th Century Fox has initiated a legal battle against Warner Bros. over the rights to develop, produce and distribute a film based on the graphic novel "Watchmen."
On Friday, the studio sued Warners, claiming it holds the exclusive copyrights and contract rights to "Watchmen." [...]
Fox seeks to enjoin Warners from going forward with the project, saying in the lawsuit that it seeks to "restrain (Warner Bros. Pictures) from taking actions that violate Fox's copyrights and which stand to forever impair Fox's rights to control the distribution and development of this unique work." [...]
The project apparently bounced around to Universal and Paramount before returning to Warners. Now, Fox claims that neither Gordon nor Warners has paid the buy-out price or advised the studio of any other conditions required under the agreement, including procedures necessary to acquire the rights to "Watchmen" from Fox.
The lawsuit seeks unspecified damages.
MTV.com sprach mit Carla Gugino über ihre Rolle als Sally Jupiter... Vorsicht SPOILER !!!
[...] "It was really one of the craziest, most fun roles I’ve ever gotten to play," marveled the "Sin City" star, cast as the burlesque dancer who proves to be the most PR-savvy of the complex superheroes. "I start at 25 years old in the 1940s, and I age to 67 years old with full prosthetics in the 1980s. [Sally] is a larger-than-life character. She’s a costumed crime fighter, but her idea of a costume is very Bettie Page-meets-[Alberto] Vargas."
"[...] The title sequence of this movie is going to be extraordinary. We spent many weeks over the time of the shoot shooting it. That’s going to be a very, very special thing that wasn’t scripted, that will be really empowering."
In those opening credits, Snyder is mixing CGI and real-life footage to establish the close-but-not-quite reality of a "Watchmen" world that mirrors our own. "It incorporates real history and the fictitious world of Watchmen, and so it’s very cool," Gugino explained. "We meet Nixon and all sorts of people." [...]
Tyler Bates' latest movie Doomsday (Neil Marshall's upcoming Rogue Pictures release) may be March 14th, but the future is looking bright with the signing of two major films for 2008: Warner Bros.' Watchmen and Fox's The Day the Earth Stood Still.
Bates, score composer for movies and television including director Zack Snyder's blockbuster hits 300 and Dawn of the Dead, has signed on with Snyder again for Watchmen. Snyder, who praised the score to 300 saying, "It moves the film into mythology cauterizing the images as you view them, making them something they could never be alone" has once again asked Bates to join his creative team. [...]
Die Offizielle Website gewährt einen Blick auf ein paar Storyboards...
Die Offizielle Website bietet den ersten Teil von Dave Gibbons' Setbericht...
SHH! sprach mit Jeffrey Dean Morgan und Gerard Butler über ihre Charaktere...
Die Offizielle Website bietet neues Bildmaterial...
Bei CHUD gibt es interessante Infos zu Zack Snyder's Vorhaben...
MTV Movies Blog meldet...
Three months after Zack Snyder unveiled the main players who would help bring his vision of the epic graphic novel "Watchmen" to the big screen, the acclaimed director has upped his cast by one more head.
Make that a very famous, somewhat disembodied, CG-rendered head.
MTV News has learned that actor Matt Frewer - best known as the stuttering, sarcastic, 80’s icon Max Headroom - has joined the cast of the eagerly anticipated film. The 49-year-old thesp will suit up as Moloch the Mystic, a satanic super villain and magician.
In the graphic novel, Moloch clashes with famous "masks" like Nite Owl, Ozymandias, and Doctor Manhattan, before giving up his life of crime sometime before the action of the novel begins. Rehabilitated, the former vice lord moves to New York City, where he lives alone until his murder in 1985. His dead body is discovered by Rorschach, who is framed for Moloch’s death.
The character is noted for his devilish appearance, which includes elfish, pointed ears.
Frewer is currently filming his scenes, the actor’s manager revealed to us. The star joins a cast that includes Patrick Wilson, Jackie Earle Haley, Billy Crudup, Malin Akerman, Matthew Goode, and Carla Gugino. Frewer previously worked with Snyder on 2004’s "Dawn of the Dead." [...]
Die Offizielle Website bietet einen neuen Blog-Eintrag von Zack Snyder... Und bei WatchmenComicMovie.com gibt es Bilder von den Drehorten...
[...] There have been a couple of recent script reviews for Alex Tse’s Watchmen draft and it was all for nothing since Zack brought in the Dynamic Duo of Hollywood to do a page one re-write.
Who’s the Dynamic Duo of Hollywood? Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman. Hot off Transformers, the pair were brought in months ago to take a whack at the critically acclaimed superheroes.
I don’t know how many elements of Alex Tse’s script remains in the current shooting draft but we have been told that the script is quite different from the former.
We have also been informed that there were minor tweaks of the Orci/Kurtzman script done by director Zack Snyder himself. [...]
CS! sprach mit Malin Akerman über ihre Rolle...
In diesem Quicktime-Video begrüsst uns Regisseur Zack Snyder...
Carla Gugino (Sin City) has joined the cast of Watchmen, the Warner Bros. adaptation of the DC Comics limited series.
She joins Patrick Wilson, Jackie Earle Haley, Matthew Goode, Billy Crudup, Jeffrey Dean Morgan and Malin Akerman in the Warner Bros. movie, which is set in an alternate America that has passed a law banning costumed crime fighters. When one is murdered, the remaining members set out to solve the mystery.
Gugino will play Sally Jupiter, a burlesque dancer-turned-costumed heroine and sex symbol the Silk Spectre who is part of the Minutemen, a group of heroes who preceded the Watchmen. She also is the mother of the new Silk Spectre (Akerman). Gugino is expected to portray Jupiter in varying eras, playing different ages throughout the movie. [...]
Bei Moviehole gibt es Infos zu den Film-Charakteren aus einem Casting-Aufruf...
Fresh from the FAX, some sides for the upcoming "Watchmen" movie. [...]
Sally: Laurie's mother, Sally is a former superhero: a beautiful, fit woman in her 30s (actress will play age 25 - 65). One of the original 'Watchmen', she's a woman with secrets. A woman who starts drinking in the early afternoon and whose condo is full of souvenirs from her crime-fighting days. Sally was almost raped by Edward Blake (The Comedian), an event that almost broke up the original group. But she (literally) kissed and made up with Blake years later, and has kept secret the fact that he is Laurie's biological father. Requires some nudity and intense physicality;
Moloch / Edgar Jacobi: Mid-Late 60s. This withered older man is a former supervillain, now dying of cancer, seen placing flowers on the grave of The Comedian. Recognized by Rorschach as The Comedian's former arch-enemy, he's aggressively questioned and intimidated by Rorschach in his home, and reveals that a blubbering, drunken Comedian broke into his home right before his death;
Big Figure: A midget supervillain, with silver hair combed neatly back and a big cigar in his mouth, Big Figure has a score to settle with superhero Rorschach, and he bides his time, waiting for a chance to see him die by inches. Big Figure has been waiting for this moment for 15 years, but when the prison explodes in a riot, he tries (and fails) to get his hands on the slippery Rorschach
Body Builder: Male, 5'10"-6'0" tall, natural or professional bodybuilder, really vascular and lean, in their physical prime. Performer used only for visual effects purposes. [...]
The LA Daily News reports that the Watchmen production is facing a challenge when it comes to casting look-alikes of famous names for the big screen adaptation:
A challenging casting task involving look-alikes is under way for Warner Bros.' "Watchmen" adaptation of Alan Moore's 1980s graphic novel set in an alternative universe's United States. Names include Richard Nixon, Henry Kissinger, H.R. Haldeman, Ted Koppel, John McLaughlin, Annie Liebowitz, John Lennon and Yoko Ono, Fidel Castro, Albert Einstein, Norman Rockwell, JFK and Jackie Kennedy, Andy Warhol, Mao Tze Tung and Larry King. That's going to be quite a movie.
[...] No cast members have been officially announced.
ShockTillYouDrop.com got a chance to speak to actor Thomas Jane about his upcoming directorial debut The Dark Country. During their discussion, the subject of Zack Snyder's anticipated Watchmen came up, particularly the rumors that Snyder is interested in casting Jane as The Comedian.
"Is it on the Internet?" Jane asks. Yessir, Tom. It's out there. "Yeah," the actor responds in a slow drawl. "I'm staying quiet about it. I know that Zack's interested and that's a great compliment." [...]
Rumors are abound that Kate Winslet has joined the cast of The Watchmen but up to this point we are unable to find anything solid to pack it up. She will reportedly be playing Silk Spectre according to our friends at FilmIck. The Watchmen film begins with the paranoid delusions of a half-insane hero called Rorschach. But is Rorschach really insane or has he in fact uncovered a plot to murder super-heroes and, even worse, millions of innocent civilians? On the run from the law, Rorschach reunites with his former teammates in a desperate attempt to save the world and their lives, but what they uncover will shock them to their very core and change the face of the planet!
Following two generations of masked superheroes from the close of World War II to the icy shadow of the Cold War comes this groundbreaking comic story - the story of The Watchmen.
How would you like to win a role in the upcoming movie The Watchmen? Who wouldnt? Well this is one contest you will want to enter! Check it out at http://www.jointhe300.com/. Users are competing in various tasks to rank up 300 points. Two winners will be selected at random and flown out to Comic-Con where they will compete in one final task to win a role in Zach Snyder's upcoming film "Watchmen". Go and enter! And happy hunting to all!
Actor Paddy Considine, who was attached to play masked vigilante Rorschach in Watchmen back when Paul Greengrass was directing, has revealed on his official fan site that Warner Bros. has now gone out to Jackie Earle Haley for the role.
Haley received an Oscar nomination for his role in Little Children. He also recently starred in All the King's Men and played Kelly Leak in the "Bad News Bears" films in the '70s. [...]
Despite rumors to the contrary, Club-Keanu received word from Keanu Reeves' manager, who said that Keanu had been offered a role in Zack Snyder's Watchmen but turned it down.
Watchmen, created by writer Alan Moore and artist Dave Gibbons, was released as a 12-issue comic book in 1986 and is one of the most critically acclaimed series in the genre. The comic is a crime-conspiracy story that provided the first realistic look at the behind-the-heroics lives of superhero archetypes.
MTV.com titelt "Zack Snyder Assures He'll 'Find A Spot' For Gerard Butler In 'Watchmen'"...
Director won't deny rumors of Jude Law, Keanu Reeves and Patrick Wilson being offered roles in comic book flick. [...] 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."
Snyder is hard at work finalizing his shooting script, casting A-list stars and defending his vision against the suits who'd make the story of hunted superheroes somewhat cheerier [...]. 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." [...]
Bei AICN gibt es ein exklusive Infos zum Casting...
[...] Right now, there are offers out to three people to join the cast. If the studio’s gotten to the point where they’re officially making an offer, you can expect that these people will most likely make it into the film.
So that means we’ll see The Prom King, Patrick Wilson, suit up as Night Owl. I think he’s a great choice for Dan, and all you need to do is look at the work he did in LITTLE CHILDREN as an example of the sort of quiet sadness he’ll bring to the role.
Dr. Manhattan is a tricky part, and there’s something alien and otherworldly about him. Keanu Reeves always seems to me to be on a different wavelength than anyone else on the planet, so when he steps into the part as the big blue superbeing, it might be a nice fit.
And in the biggest "duh" of the year, Jude Law has been offered the role of Adrien Veidt, aka Ozymandias. Perfect choice, and Law’s been saying for years that he is a huge fan of the material. [...]
Bei ReelzChannel.com gibt es ein Video-Interview mit Zack Snyder... Und CS! berichtet über eine Pressekonferenz mit Zack Snyder und Frank Miller...
[...] Director Zack Snyder also said that he is trying to develop Watchmen with Warner Bros. as an R-rated film. He hopes that with the success of 300 it will be easier to get it going. One of the aspects they are concentrating on is the costumes, because he said "you want people to take the movie seriously." He said, like the "Spider-Man" movie costumes, people have come to expect that kind of detail.
Miller added that he knows who he wants to play The Spirit, but he said, "If I told you, I'd have to kill myself." [...]
Bei AICN gibt es ein erstes Bild von Rorshach, das in einen Frank Miller's "300" Trailer montiert wurde...
Bei CHUD gibt es ein Interview mit dem Regisseur Zack Snyder... Tom Cruise als Ozymandias !?!
Bei AICN gibt es ein Interview mit Tyler Bates, der die Filmmusik komponiert...
SK: [...] So looking ahead at your future... Zack [Snyder] appears to be ensconced with WATCHMEN (2008). Are you officially on board for that?
TB: I have been officially asked by Zack and the studio is expecting me to do it as well.
SK: When would you start scoring that?
TB: They’re going to start principle photography in June and probably conclude the end of September. I’d imagine I’d be on board sometime in August. [...]
SHH! sprach mit dem Regisseur Zack Snyder über den Stand der Dinge...
SHH!: [...] What's going on with "Watchmen?"
Zack Snyder: We're trying to get a budget together now that I feel like the movie is in a very cool place. I think the script is starting to become pretty cool. I've been talking to some actors--I'm not going to say who--but it's cool, because in some ways you can get real actors. You don't have to go Hollywood. So that's all going along. I've been drawing away, so I think it's coming along. They have talked about maybe shooting in the summer. [...]
Empire Online sprach mit dem Regisseur Zack Snyder über den Stand der Dinge...
Bei Latino Review gibt es eine Kritik zu einem Drehbuchentwurf von Alex Tse (B-)...
[...] The biggest change comes at the end of the story. I’ve read a number of different Watchmen scripts over the years and none of them recreate the ending of Alan Moore’s comic exactly. (There are some spoilers here for people who didn’t read the comic) Sam Hamm’s script back in the 90s ended on a very happy note. Hayter’s script ended with the same concept as the comic, but with a different method - instead of a monster there was a big space laser. Tse’s draft keeps the mass destruction at the end and actually makes it more global, but the method is very different, and very personal to the characters this time. It’s an interesting take, but not one that I liked.
David Hayter’s script is still mostly here, and if Warner Bros and Zack Snyder wanted to make this movie right they would scrape off Tse’s layer of junk and bring Hayter back to take another swipe at it. All the hard work in this script is already his - all the condensing of twelve issues of great story into 130 pages of script. All that Tse has added is rotten dialogue and cheesy action scenes. [...]
Zach Snyder has come aboard to develop and direct "Watchmen," the seminal DC Comics limited series created by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons, for Warner Bros. Pictures. Alex Tse is writing the script of the long-gestating project, which is being produced by Larry Gordon and Lloyd Levin. "Watchmen" has a development history almost as epic as the story the comic tells. The project has seen such studios as Fox, Universal and Paramount come and go and has seduced and vexed such filmmakers as Terry Gilliam, Darren Aronofsky, Paul Greengrass and screenwriter David Hayter. Sources say Snyder has impressed Warners with "300," an adaptation of a Frank Miller graphic novel that he directed and co-wrote. Snyder shot the movie -- a Greek epic about the battle of Thermopylae in 480 B.C. -- on soundstages in Montreal using partial sets and greenscreens, similar in technique to Robert Rodriguez's "Sin City."
Laut AICN sieht es ganz danach aus, als würde Zack Snyder (u.a. "Dawn of the Dead"-Remake, Frank Miller's "300") Regie führen...
The Vertigo arm of DC Comics produces some truly stellar titles, perhaps none greater among them than Watchmen. Fans were of course quite excited when Paramount announced their Watchmen project, and continued to grow ever more excited as forthcoming news was nothing but good: work had been done on costume and set design, Paul Greengrass had a filming schedule set, and David Hayter's screenplay had met with very positive reviews. Fans were equally devastated when, earlier this year, Paramount threw a hissy fit over the film’s expenses and kicked the sucker to the curb without so much as a by your leave.
Well, today, the emotional roller coaster ride for Vertigo fans takes another wild jump, as Entertainment Weekly reports that the good folks at Warner Brothers are now in talks to bring the project into their fold. Hey, this is the company that brought us Batman Begins, right? But of course, it is also the company that brought us Catwoman. [...]
Paramount has officially pulled the plug on Watchmen, putting the comic book adaptation into turnaround over the weekend. Producers Larry Gordon and Lloyd Levin were taking the project, with British director Paul Greengrass (The Bourne Supremacy) attached, out to other studios.
Variety says the film, based on the DC Comics series of the same name, came under heavy scrutiny in the wake of Paramount chief Brad Grey's surprise move to replace Donald De Line with Gail Berman as studio president in late March. De Line found out about the change while in London meeting with Greengrass about Watchmen and the need to cut its budget, rumored to be $100 million.
Paramount had been aiming for a summer start but began releasing crews working on pre-production at that point. The film was previously set up at Universal Pictures.
Bei AICN gibt es einen ausführlichen Set-Bericht, u.a. gibt es Beschreibungen von Testszenen...
Rumour has been rife for a while that "Shaun of the Dead" star Simon Pegg was being sought to play arguably the most signature of characters in the "Watchmen" comic - Rorscach.
Now, Total Film talked with the man himself who explained the talk - "I had lunch with the producer Lloyd Levin and I said I'd like to do it. It was blown out of proportion and became 'Simon Pegg IS Rorscach'. But no, I'm certainly not doing anything".
Who would he like to see in the part then? Lee Evans - "In the comic it actualy reminds me of Evans when he gets his mask taken off. I don't know...it would have to be someone who's a bit funny-looking. Not Jude Law."
[...] On the European film industry site ScreenDaily.com, there is more news about the problems facing the movie, as it's been announced that the film, which has been in preproduction at London's Pinewood Studios may not be able to afford to shoot the movie there as originally planned.
The new management at Paramount Pictures has been carefully examining the proposed $120 million budget for the comic book epic, forcing the productiong to start looking at other possible shooting locations. Producer Lloyd Levin cites the exchange rate of the US dollar to the British pound as one of the reasons for the change of location, although he made it clear that Greengrass was still attached and that they're still hoping to release the film in the summer of 2006.
It may be a disappointment to fans of the graphic novel if the movie isn't shot in the country that Alan Moore calls home, especially after the fiasco that was Moore's The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen a few years ago. Then again, maybe Paramount and the producers are trying to avoid a similar mistake--that movie never made back its production budget--by cutting costs before things get out of hand. [...]
Over the last few days, rumors have been circulating about the status of the movie based on Alan Moore's classic 1986 graphic novel, The Watchmen which has been in preproduction in the UK for the last few months with Paul Greengrass ("The Bourne Supremacy") scheduled to direct. A new story at Variety seems to confirm rumors that the production may be in trouble.
The real question comes from the changing of the guard at Paramount Pictures, as the company gets a new chief in Brad Grey with Gail Berman coming in as studio president. The movie's budget was slated to be in the $100 million range, scheduled to start shooting in June, but the story at Variety mentions the budget needing to be cut and some crew members having been released.
Ever since the release of the graphic novel by DC Comics in 1986, there has been talk about a movie based on it, with many different scripts and directors being involved as it floated in and out of development. This is the closest the film has come to fruition during this time.
Producer Larry Gordon and studio spokesperson Nancy Kirkpatrick both insist that the project is still happening. [...]
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