Monday, March 16, 2009

Watchmen tampering with Ray Bradbury’s short story collection The Illustrated Man

As Watchmen imploded at the box office after just its second weekend, the film's director Zack Snyder and
co-screenwriter Alex Tse were busy tampering with parts of The Illustrated Man (1951), a classic collection of eighteen short stories written by Ray Bradbury. Various online sources report that Tse is working on a script for a film adaptation of Bradbury's collection that will focus on six of the stories, including “The Concrete Mixer,” which is set on Earth but features a Martian. Apparently, Tse envisions six segments to the film, one for each story. At least one of the segments will be directed by Zack Snyder, unless Tse abandons the segmented scheme, in which case Snyder will direct the entire film. The film is scheduled to be released in 2010.

Pictured above: Dust jacket from first edition of Ray Bradbury's collection The Illustrated Man.

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