Friday, June 23, 2006

New director picked for Watchmen movie

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"Zach Snyder, who made his feature filmmaking debut with 2004's 'Dawn of the Dead,' has come aboard to develop and direct 'Watchmen,' based on the seminal DC Comics saga of a vigilante superhero.

"'Watchmen' has a Hollywood development history almost as epic as the story the comic tells.

"The project has seen such studios as Fox, Universal and Paramount come and go and has seduced and vexed such filmmakers as Terry Gilliam, Darren Aronofsky, Paul Greengrass and screenwriter David Hayter.

"Sources say Snyder impressed Warner Bros. with his work on '300,' an upcoming adaptation of a Frank Miller graphic novel that he directed and co-wrote."