By Ryan Parsons | Image from the graphic novel by Alan Moore.
Back in March we pointed out that the adaptation of Alan Moore's Watchmen had been given new life thanks to two reasons -- Warner Bros and Zack Snyder. Right after Warner Bros picked up the rights to the film from Paramount, rumors began to circulate that they were looking at Zack Snyder to direct (here).
Snyder, who is currently in production with the Warner Bros adaptation of the Frank Miller novel, 300, now looks to be the go-to man for this ragtag bunch of heroes.
Snyder to Direct Watchmen
According to THR, 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, which will be produced by Larry Gordon and Lloyd Levin.
Watchmen, a project that his hit just about every type of speedbump with every major studio, recently had the plug pulled over at Paramount when its budget continued to go north of $100 million. The fact that Watchmen offers a completely different takes on (super)heroes didn't help matters either.
Paul Greengrass was the last director signed to the project before he left to do United 93.
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.