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Production Overview

There have been numerous attempts to adapt the superlative graphic novel Watchmen, which was written by Alan Moore and illustrated by Dave Gibbons, into a feature film. The first serious proposal to do so came in the late 1980s and for a long time director Terry Gilliam (director of Brazil and 12 Monkeys) showed interest in making the film. However, after numerous attempts to create a script, Gilliam was quoted as saying that the graphic novel was too complex and too amorphous for even him to adapt. Later acclaimed director Darren Aronofsky (Requiem for a Dream and The Fountain) was reported as a possible director, but this never came into fruition. Initially set to direct the film  was Paul Greengrass (director of The Bourne Supremacy and The Bourne Ultimatum). However he was sacked during budget disputes at Paramount Studios, who were at the time meant to release the film. Since then Zack Snyder (director of the remake of Dawn of the Dead and of the film adaptation of Frank Miller's graphic novel 300) has been assigned the role of director and the film has been moved from Paramount to Warner Bros. Studios.

The film was released on March 6 of 2009.
On July 21 of 2009 the film was released in both theatrical and director's cut editions on DVD.
On November 10 of 2009 the film was released in an Ultimate Edition containing Tales of the Black Freighter animated sequences and linking scenes.

Cast / Crew and other Info:

Rated R for strong graphic violence, sexuality, nudity and language.

Directed by Zack Snyder

Screenplay written by David Hayter and Alex Tse

Billy Crudup as Jon Osterman / Dr. Manhattan
Jeffrey Dean Morgan as Edward Blake / The Comedian
Jackie Earle Haley as Walter Kovacs / Rorscach
Matthew Goode as Adrian Veidt / Ozymandias
Patrick Wilson as Dan Dreiberg / Nite Owl
Malin Akerman as Laurie Juspeczyk / Silk Spectre
Carla Gugino as Sally Jupiter / Silk Spectre
Stephen McHattie as Hollis Mason / Nite Owl
Gerard Butler as the voice of The Sea Captain

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CastBilly Crudup, Stephen McHattie, Gerard Butler, Matthew Goode, Carla Gugino, Patrick Wilson, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Jackie Earle Haley, Malin Akerman
DirectorZack Snyder
Genre:  Action, Animation, Crime, Drama, Film-Noir, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Release Date:  March 6, 2009
MPAA Rating:  R
Screen WriterDavid Hayter, Alex Tse
DVD Release Date:  November 10, 2009
Runtime:  215 minutes
Studio:  Warner Bros. Pictures, Paramount Pictures, Legendary Pictures
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Not quite as strong as the director's cut. The animated portion feels disjointed. Valiant attempt, but not perfect.
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