The clock is ticking…
According to the official blog over at Warner Bros., there’s just under one year to go until Zack Snyder’s film version of the “unfilmable” Alan Moore/Dave Gibbons masterpiece, Watchmen, hits the screens:
6th March 2009 is the magic date all the fans are waiting for – and the great news is that it’s a global release date (well, apart from cinema-goers in Norway, Spain and Belgium who have to wait another week, but who’s counting?), so we get to see it in the UK at the same time as the US.
To be honest, my hopes for the film have been marooned somewhere between low and zero since I’d read all the stories of development hell back in the nineties and early 2000s. When I heard about Snyder‘s involvement (he of 300 and Dawn of the Dead remake fame), I became very worried; Watchmen deserves so much more than amazing visuals and a heavy metal backing track.
However, having read parts of Snyder’s official blog on the movie – particularly Dave Gibbons’ comments about his visits to the set – my expectations have been well and truly raised.
Now that filming is finished, a year (!?!) of post-production work begins, so we’re not likely to hear a great deal of new information during that time. My impressions of the casting are mixed: on the positive side, most of the major characters from the graphic novel are present and correct – including minor players like Big Figure – and I like the way that Snyder’s avoided using really big names. However, it’s going to be really difficult to get people like Rorschach spot on. In fact, I was watching The Thin Red Line the other day and, during one of the many monologues, it struck me how perfect Nick Nolte‘s voice would have been for Rorschach…
The big question mark still hangs over how they’re going to fit the epic alternative-history storyline into the ~2 hours running time. Some reports suggest that fans might have to wait until the DVD release to get the full experience – possibly including the Black Freighter sub-story as anime, voice by Gerard Butler!