HWR RELEASES... LEGEND OF THE LICH LORD, PANIC/FITZGERALD & SHADOWGATE

HWR RELEASES... LEGEND OF THE LICH LORD, PANIC/FITZGERALD & SHADOWGATE
Working with Composers: Bruno Valenti, Brian Tyler & Rich Douglas

Watch Out, The Watchmen Watches! or Why is he so BLUE!


Watchmen is a 2009 American neo-noir superhero film directed by Zack Snyder and starring Malin Åkerman, Billy Crudup, Matthew Goode, Jackie Earle Haley, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, and Patrick Wilson. It is an adaptation of the 1986-87 DC Comics limited series of the same name by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons. The film is set in an alternate history in the year 1985 at the height of the Cold War between the United States and the Soviet Union, as a group of mostly retired superheroes investigates an apparent conspiracy against them and uncovers something even more grandiose and sinister, while their moral limitations are challenged by the complex nature of the circumstances.

When the comic series' final issue was released around October 1987, a live-action film adaptation became stranded in development hell. Producer Lawrence Gordon began developing the project at 20th Century Fox and Warner Bros. (parent company of Watchmen publisher DC Comics) with producer Joel Silver and director Terry Gilliam, the latter eventually deeming the complex comic "un-filmable." During the 2000s (decade), Gordon and Lloyd Levin collaborated with Universal Studios and Paramount Pictures to produce a script by David Hayter; Darren Aronofsky and Paul Greengrass were also attached to the project before it was canceled over budget disputes. The project returned to Warner Bros., where Snyder was hired to direct – Paramount remained as international distributor. Fox sued Warner Bros. for copyright violation arising from Gordon's failure to pay a buy-out in 1991, which enabled him to develop the film at the other studios. Fox and Warner Bros. settled this before the film's release with Fox receiving a portion of the gross. Principal photography began in Vancouver, September 2007. As with his previous film 300, Snyder closely modeled his storyboards on the comic, but chose not to shoot all of Watchmen using green screens and opted for real sets instead.

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3 comments:

  1. Terry Gilliam would've made one weird-ass Watchmen film.
    Snyder's follows the graphic novel almost exactly frame-by-frame. I don't think I've ever seen a superhero film so true to the source.

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  2. This is one of my favourites! Although the Directors cut shows more of Dr. Manhattan than I would have liked to see...

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  3. I loved the film and I loved what Snyder did with it. Also, it starting two of my most beloved actors, Patrick Wilson and Matthew Goode, counts too

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