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The Big Plan for the "Watchmen" Follow-Up

Posted: May 27th, 2008 by WorstPreviews.com Staff
The Big Plan for the "Watchmen" Follow-UpSubmit Comment
We've previously heard that Warner Bros and director Zack Snyder have been planning a "Tales of the Black Freighter" movie to appear on the DVD release of "Watchmen." Now, the New York Times is reporting that "Black Freighter" will instead be released separately on DVD, just five days after the theatrical release of "Watchmen."

The new movie, which is also directed by Snyder, will follow a side "Watchmen" storyline about a shipwreck. The DVD will also include a documentary-style film called "Under the Hood" that will delve into the characters' backstories.

The original plan was to tell the "Black Freighter" story in a visual style similar to "300," but an early budget was approaching $20 million and the studio decided to instead turn the feature into an animated project.

"I thought the 'Black Freighter' story would never see the light of day," Snyder said. "The main picture is nearing three hours long and I know I have a fight on my hands just with that."

The newspaper adds that the "Watchmen" film will end up generating at least three DVDs: "Tales of the Black Freighter," followed about four months later by release of "Watchmen" itself, and then an "ultimate" edition in which the two are edited together into one megamovie.

In addition, the studio plans a dozen 22- to 26-minute Webisodes to help make the complex story easier to digest. Called "The Watchmen Motion Comic," it will be a panel-by-panel slide show of the graphic novel narrated by an actor. The Webisodes would probably be combined for later release on DVD.

Click here to read more about "Watchmen."

Source: New York Times


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