Since the graphic novel “Watchmen” debuted more than 20 years ago, comic readers have pondered the idea of a feature film adaptation, albeit cautiously. One of the most highly regarded and respected graphic novels of our time, the Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons epic has seen a lot of false starts in Hollywood. Directors like Terry Gilliam, Paul Greengrass and Darren Aronofsky have been attached to the project at various times, but all eventually dropped out for one reason or another. It really was beginning to look like the possibility of a “Watchmen” feature film was a long-shot, at best.
As readers of CBR have known for some time, “300” Director Zack Snyder is the latest director attached to bring Dr. Manhattan, Ozymandias, Rorschach and the rest to the silver screen. Earlier this year, fans discovered a single frame of Rorschach in an R rated trailer promoting “300” which sent the internet into something of a major tizzy. The reality of a “Watchmen” feature film was become clearer and clearer, although at the time fans still had a healthy dose of skepticism as a budget had not yet been agreed upon.
Those skeptical fans become believers starting today. Warner Bros. has released a video greeting from Snyder who just finished his first week of shooting for the film up in Vancouver. We’ve got the video – or proof, if you will, that it’s finally happening – below. Simply click the image to launch the Flash video player.
“Watchmen” hits theaters March 6th, 2009.
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