Zack Snyder Reveals Watchmen Details - CGI Choices and More!
by Alex Billington
February 11, 2007
Fans of Watchmen unite - the project is finally moving along positively! Director Zack Snyder, who's currently out promoting his Spartan epic 300, answered some questions to press about the comic book adaptation.
Zack started off by saying, "I feel like the movie is in a pretty cool place. I think the script is starting to become pretty cool." He also added that "we're trying to get a budget together now" and "I've been drawing away, you know. I think it's coming along, so they say." Zack also discussed the movie's setting and CGI choices.
Although he wouldn't reveal anything about the actors or who they might be, he did say that, "it's cool because in some ways you can get real actors, you don't have to go 'Hollywood.' " And also about when production may start, stating "they have talked about maybe shooting in the summer" - which was also confirmed as a possibility at a later press conference by his wife, Deborah Snyder, who is an executive producer on both 300 and Watchmen.
Zack also says he's setting his film in 1985 and comments:
"There has been a push on I think everybody's… on the other scripts that exist about trying to update the movie or make it take place in present day, or things of that nature. I think that by setting the movie in '85, by having the Cold War, having Nixon, having all that stuff you reinvigorate what the story is about. It allows all the metaphors…"
"I think what Alan Moore has, in his book, the comic he's made about authority and government and all those things, they're big themes. Maybe if you make that movie right, [then] what that has to say makes people think about what's happening maybe now or in their own lives. That's my hope for what the movie can be."
And finally, he discusses just how much CGI he may use:
"The idea of Watchmen is not to do a CGI movie, but to do it when it's necessary. Like when Doc Manhattan goes to Mars, there's an issue here, we've got to figure that out. We can't go to Mars, I know, a lot people are going to be disappointed by that - but I just don't have the money. Antarctica also, there's no Carnac built there. I know, again, we should probably build it and then go film it there, but I don't think they're going let us do that. So those two things right off the bat you can think about. Dr. Manhattan himself, what do you do, how do you make him - how do you render him. Rorschach's mask. There's things that have to be dealt with and figured out. But I think that the appetite for me is to make a movie that feel's more like Taxi Driver than like Fantastic Four, again. So it's a balance."
Zack also says, "go see 300!" as the best way to help Watchmen (maybe even get a bigger budget) and includes that the studio doesn't "understand why it's not Fantastic Four. I have to remind them, I go, 'look, it's much more Strangelove than Fantastic Four,' which they don't like hearing." So if you are a fan of Watchmen, go see 300, and stay tuned for what sounds like an incredible project that may be starting very soon.