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Watchmen gets shorter

Watchmen.jpgZach and Deborah Snyder, have been talking about the Watchmen film. They say although the end length of the film has not been decided, it is slowly getting shorter.

It currently sits at 2 hours and 35 minutes, a substantial length. He also has told us how long the directors cut could be, and how The Black Freighter will be included in the film.

Lawsuits aside, Zack Snyder is still working away on Watchmen. He and his wife, who is a producer on the film, gave an interview to Sci-Fi on how things are going. Snyder says the film is slowly getting shorter:

We're getting really close. We're at two hours and 35 minutes. The movie's pretty long ... compared to 300, which was an hour and 58 minutes. The director's cut [of Watchmen] is about three hours and 10 minutes long. It has even more than the theatrical version as far as the detail that gets even closer to the graphic novel.

The directors cut sounds like it could be a stonker. He also talked about the comic-book within Watchmen, The Black Freighter. It tells the story of a man whose vessel is wrecked by pirates. He makes a makeshift raft with some rather gruesome floating devices, and sets out to get home. He still plans to make the whole thing as a separate version, and release it separately too on DVD. But you will also be able to get your hands on a copy of the film with it woven in as well:

The Black Freighter version of the movie that we're working on--which has the ins and outs of the Black Freighter comic book woven through it, with an animated version of the Black Freighter--will be about three hours and 40 minutes. So there's a huge epic version of Watchmen, which will probably come out after the movie's theatrical release, for hardcore [fans].

Looks like we won't be short of DVD versions. Standard release, directors cut, and one which includes The Black Freighter. I take it that means it won't be woven in at all in the cinema release.

Snyder also talked about the way in which he is trying to stick to the comic book artwork as much as possible.

As you watch it, you can have this experience where it's like the graphic novel. I haven't shied away from trying to enjoy the artwork. It's been fun to make some of those pictures real.

I'm currently reading Watchmen for the first time, and I am hooked. Even now I can see just how closely some of the footage sticks to the comic book. And it just makes me more excited to see the film. Lets hope they sort out this lawsuit nonsense soon.

Will you be one of those fans watching every version of the film?





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