Zack Snyder Sends A Message From The Watchmen Set!

Production update after the first week of shooting.

by | September 25, 2007 | Comments

Warner Brothers just passed along a video message from Watchmen director Zack Snyder, taped on location in Vancouver where the production has just finished its first week of shooting.

Snyder, who is directing the adaptation of the Alan Moore/Dave Gibbons graphic novel, is apparently revising the script by Alex Tse and David Hayter as he shoots. While he doesn’t spill any new details (it’s more of a “Hey, we just started shooting this awesome film!” video) he does look like he’s been hard at work, for whatever it’s worth.

Snyder talking Watchmen at Comic-Con

The official Watchmen synopsis: A complex, multi-layered mystery adventure, Watchmen is set in an alternate 1985 America in which costumed superheroes are part of the fabric of everyday society, and the “Doomsday Clock” — which charts the USA’s tension with the Soviet Union — is permanently set at five minutes to midnight. When one of his former colleagues is murdered, the washed up but no less determined masked vigilante Rorschach sets out to uncover a plot to kill and discredit all past and present superheroes. As he reconnects with his former crime-fighting legion — a ragtag group of retired superheroes, only one of whom has true powers — Rorschach glimpses a wide-ranging and disturbing conspiracy with links to their shared past and catastrophic consequences for the future. Their mission is to watch over humanity…but who is watching the watchmen?

After months of speculation, Snyder cast his band of superheroes with more than a few surprises; the main cast is comprised of Jackie Earle Haley as Rorschach, Stephen McHattie as Nite Owl, Patrick Wilson as Nite Owl II, Billy Crudup as Doctor Manhattan, Jeffrey Dean Morgan as The Comedian, Matthew Goode as Ozymandias, Carla Gugino as Silk Spectre, and Malin Akerman as the younger Silk Spectre.

Some snippets from Snyder’s video message:

“We just finished our first week of shooting and it’s been pretty crazy but pretty fun.”

“I’ve been working with [the cast] fighting, working on the script and the characters and they’ve been great to work with.

“The thing is that everyone loves Watchmen, who is working on the crew — everyone wants it to be cool, down to the P.A.s to the head technicians…”

He also promises to post pictures and updates when there’s “something to show.”

Watch the video below or click here!

Watchmen is due in theaters March 6, 2009.

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