Fresh New Details on Zack Snyder's Illustrated Man

February 19, 2009
Source: Collider

The Illustrated Man

It was way back in August of 2007 that we first reported that Zack Snyder would be helming another adaptation of Ray Bradbury's collection of short stories known as The Illustrated Man. Obviously when Snyder took on Watchmen instead, we didn't hear much. However, Collider talked with screenwriter Alex Tse yesterday about his upcoming projects, including some new details on the direction he's going in with his adaptation of The Illustrated Man. Of the 18 stories in the anthology, Tse said that he's tapped 6 to be a part of the film, including the titular story "The Illustrated Man", "Veldt", and "Concrete Mixer."

For those of you unfamiliar with Bradbury's The Illustrated Man, it's a collection of short stories where the plots and characters of each share no connection with the other stories collected. However, the themes of the cold mechanics of technology, the psychology of people, and the nature of humankind are prevalent throughout every story. Framing each story is the illustrated man whose tattoos are animated and tell the tales contained within the book. There's no word if this same device will be used in the film, but, as aforementioned, the illustrated man will indeed appear in Illustrated Man. Anyone confused yet?

Tse also says that his script is set up as an anthology in line with Bradbury's collection, with each segment to be (possibly) directed by a different director - with at least one being Zack Snyder, who may actually direct the entire film should it move away from its segmented presentation, according to Tse. A lot of new details that don't exactly clear up too much with this project, but at least shed some light on how it might come together in the end. Bradbury's work was adapted in 1969 into a film directed Jack Smight that starred Rod Steiger, but thankfully this sounds like it's less of a remake and more of a re-adaptation instead.

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such a great book. marionettes, inc. was a great great story.

Brian Ricci on Feb 19, 2009


Book's awesome. Hope it includes the Venus story.

britain on Feb 19, 2009


multiple directors doesn't nec. mean its better. i'm skeptical of it if that happens...

dave13 on Feb 19, 2009


I love Veldt! That's my favorite short story by Bradbury. It really freaked me out the first time I read it.

Juna on Feb 19, 2009


RAY BOLIVIA!!! if someone reads this and understands it, then i will be really impressed!

Galethog on Feb 19, 2009


I'll have to check out this collection after this semester when I have time to read other stuff

Dan W on Feb 20, 2009


This is so awesome, I've wanted an adaptation of The Veldt for years, even so much that I made one myself as the final project on a film college I attended.

Marcus on Feb 20, 2009


Good one # 5! Agree with you. Please tell me the orginal film has nothing to do with this!

D-9 on Feb 21, 2009

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