The Illustrated Man Remake Directed by Zack Snyder
Hollywood's new name in comic book movies, Zack Snyder, has just signed on to direct a remake adaptation based on Ray Bradbury's collection of short stories titled The Illustrated Man. The original 1969 film was directed by Jack Smight and starred Rod Steiger, although the announcement doesn't state if they'll be focusing more on the film or simply starting from scratch with Bradbury's work. The screenwriter on Zack Snyder's upcoming Watchmen adaptation, Alex Tse, will write the script.
The collection of short stories was first published in 1951. The book included eighteen science fiction short stories that explore the nature of humankind. The characters and plot are not connected from story to story, but the recurring theme is the conflict of the cold mechanics of technology and the intimacy of human nature. The unrelated stories are tied together by the frame device of "The Illustrated Man," a mysterious man with animated, living tattoos that predict the future.
But wait, how many movies is Snyder supposed to direct? Although this one is confirmed, what about the "rumors" that he'd also be directing something called Sucker Punch, Cobalt-60, and possibly Army of the Dead. And do we really care that much about a movie that won't be coming out until 2010 or 2011 instead of the movie Snyder's currently working on that's not even set to open until March 6th, 2009??
For that same matter, this movie is part of the first look deal Snyder signed with Warner Brothers after the success of 300. Who knows if this will end up actually going into production by 2012 or if one of the other three mentioned films will make it first.
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