Zack Snyder Directing Animated Guardians of Ga'Hoole

April 14, 2008
Source: Variety

Guardians of Ga'Hoole

We're still 11 months away from having our minds blown by Zack Snyder's adaptation of Watchmen, but that doesn't mean Snyder can't continue line-up other projects in the meantime. Zack has just signed on to direct an adaptation of a series of children's books called "Guardians of Ga'Hoole" as an animated movie. The intention of the studio, which is yet again Warner Brothers, is to develop the project at Animal Logic - the same animation company that made Happy Feet. The studio has even put the film on the fast track and is pushing for it to be ready by 2009 or 2010. Unless something else comes up, it sounds like this is Snyder's next movie after Watchmen.

The fourteen books in the New York Times bestselling series were written by Kathryn Lasky; a total of 25 books are planed with the fifteenth due out on bookshelves this fall. The books are set in the Forest of Tyto where Barn Owls live in peace until their kingdom is threatened by an evil that could destroy their home. The script for the adaptation was written by John Orloff ("Band of Brothers", A Mighty Heart) and John Collee (Master and Commander, Happy Feet). These two seem like quite prominent writers for an animated children's movie - but maybe that's a good thing?

Deep in the Forest of Tyto the adventure takes wing! Soren is born in a forest kingdom where Barn Owls have lived in peace for eons. But evil now lurks in the owl world, an evil that will shatter Tyto's peace and change Soren's life forever. In the first four books of this popular series Soren and his band make their way to the Great Ga'Hoole Tree where they will join with like-minded owls - honest, brave, wise and true - to boldly face danger and be tested in ways they never imagined. You can pick up all of the books on

I'm typically excited for anything Zack Snyder does, and so will all of you be when you eventually see Watchmen, but this one I'm just not sure. I'm a bit nervous that this is just a side project and nothing unique. An animated movie about owls based on children's books? Somehow I can't get excited for this adaptation but maybe I'm wrong - we'll have to see how it comes together and what Snyder is planning to do with it. For now, I'll remain confident that anything Snyder touches will turn out impressive.

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Alex, I gotta say, you are the Hype Master. "11 months away from having our minds blown"?! "For now, I'll remain confident that anything Snyder touches will turn out impressive." Jeeesus. ๐Ÿ™‚

Gordon on Apr 14, 2008


I'd say that's about right Gordon. I do know a bit more about Watchmen than most... but yes, I am certainly confident. And I am skilled at hyping people up. ๐Ÿ˜€

Alex Billington on Apr 14, 2008


every time i try and forget a movie thats coming out you come along Alex and remind me of it ๐Ÿ˜€ i don't think i could really get into this movie, dont get me wrong i think Zack Snyder is a great director but i don't think i would really want to watch this, well just have to see when there is a trailer or more news.

Curtis on Apr 14, 2008


Very disappointed. Snyder's one of the most talented young directors in Hollywood, and he's signed on to direct another film in the "cash in on Harry Potter" craze? For shame.

John on Apr 14, 2008


i REALY hope this movie comes ouy good! im only on book 11,and i don't wan't a crapy film ruining it.and i hope they include the blood in the fights! not only kids read these books ya know!!!! 14 & i luv em!!!

joey on May 26, 2008


I LOVE guardians of Ga'Hoole! There is nothing bad about this movie, unless the director ruins the movie and makes it nothing like the book! Ruby, Gylfie and Otulissa rock! You should definatly see this movie and don't say nuthin' bad about it! P.S Read the books before the movie!! P.S.S Great choice to type about, Alex

Gylfie Lover on Sep 23, 2008


Um john no i have read the guardians of ga'hoole books and they are nothing like harry potter cuz i have read those too so dont say anything bad about this movie until it comes out unless you have read the books which it seems like you havent! But anyways this should be a good movie if they stick to the great story line!

Um jewlz on Dec 4, 2008


Hey! It's me again. I came to check comments, and jelwz, you are right! Don't say anything bad yet because the movie hasn't come out, john! Plus, how can wizards and witches relate to heroic owls without any magic?! =)

Gylfie lover on Dec 7, 2008


I loved the lightning theif books- and the movie ruined it! they skipped important stuff! now, gaurdians of gahoole is my favorite series ever- they better not let me down because i love soren and coryn and all the others! but i heard it's not coming out till september 24th- is that true? my b-day is early-mid october, maybe I should plan my party a week early....

Kat on Feb 23, 2010


I saw the trailer, it looked pretty good. Like Kat said, I hope they don't ruin it like the Lightning Theif......

BattyBoo on Mar 7, 2010


NOOOOO!!!! I'm soo sad! From watching the trailers, seeing the movie posters, and reading reviews, I've found out that it's NOTHING like the book. The following are wrong. In the movie: 1. Both Kludd and Soren fall from their hollow and get captured by St. Agoulius's academy 2. For some reason, eglantine ends up in the great ga'hoole tree AS A BABY 3. Gylfie is red/brown/white instead of gray 4. The pure ones run St. Agoulius's academy 5. Kludd and metal beak are TWO DIFFERENT OWLS IN THE MOVIE 6. Kludd becomes a warrior for the pure ones instead of their leader 7. A whole bunch of other little things that add up to a lot but would take to long to explain all of them Overall, I'm still gonna watch the movie, but only to laugh at it and spen 2 and a half hours complaining to everyone what they did wrong in the movie.

belboloo on Sep 23, 2010

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