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Watchmen Running Time Getting Cut

Published December 3, 2008 in Movie News
By Ryan Parsons | Image property of Warner Bros, Sci Fi Wire
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While Zack Snyder has been doing all he can to ensure that Watchmen faithfully brings the graphic novel to the silverscreen, it looks like the director has finally succumbed to demands from the studio.

Confirmed by both him and his wife, producer Deborah Snyder, he is currently in the editing room trying to cut down the film's running time even more.


Watchmen Getting Shorter


Talking with Sci Fi Wire, Deborah Snyder claims that Zack is getting closer to the appropriate running time with two hours and thirty-five minutes. With films today that running time doesn't seem all that long, but then again 300 never broke the two-hour mark.

Director Zack Snyder added: "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."



Snyder also goes on to discuss Tales of the Black Freighter, an animated version of the graphic novel's comic-within-a-comic. The story will get its own DVD release with plans to directly tie the story into the Watchmen director's cut later.

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

Watchmen hits theaters on March 6th, 2009.

For the poster, trailers, pictures and more info on the film, go to the Watchmen Movie Page.
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