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Watchmen "Watchmen" (2009) ist die Verfilmung von Alan Moore's Comic "Watchmen"...

In einem fiktiven Jahr 1985 in dem der kalte Krieg zwischen den USA und der Sowjetunion weiter andauert und Richard Nixon noch immer Präsident der USA ist, sind maskierte Verbrecherjäger Teil des täglichen Lebens. Sie sind die "Watchmen", die seit dem Antiheldengesetz von 1970 nichts mehr zu sagen haben.
Als ein Mörder umgeht und versucht, einen "Watchmen" nach dem anderen zu töten, verbünden sie sich wieder, um dem Mörder auf die Spur zu kommen. Nur einer von ihnen besitzt wahre Superkräfte, aber sie alle sind Helden mit besonderen Fähigkeiten, mit denen sie auf der Suche nach dem Mörder ein Geheimnis ergründen, das tief in die Vergangenheit zurückführt und das katastrophale Folgen für die Zukunft haben könnte!

Die maskierten Abenteurer, die im Mittelpunkt der Geschichte stehen, werden von Malin Akerman (u.a. "Nach 7 Tagen - Ausgeflittert"), Billy Crudup (u.a. "Der gute Hirte"), Matthew Goode (u.a. "Match Point"), Carla Gugino (u.a. "Nachts im Museum"), Jackie Earle Haley (u.a. "Little Children"), Stephen McHattie (u.a. "Shoot 'Em Up"), Jeffrey Dean Morgan (u.a. "Grey's Anatomy") und Patrick Wilson (u.a. "Little Children") gespielt...

Die Dreharbeiten zu "Watchmen" sollten eigentlich im Juni 2005 beginnen... Der Kinostart war für Sommer 2006 geplant... Dann wurde das Projekt auf Eis gelegt und von Warner Bros. übernommen... Die Dreharbeiten begannen am 17. September 2007 in Vancouver (Kanada) - unter der Regie von Zack Snyder (u.a. "Dawn of the Dead"-Remake, "300")...



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"Watchmen: Die Wächter" auf DVD & Blu-ray !!!
Am 20. August 2009 erschien "Watchmen - Die Wächter" auf DVD & Blu-ray Disc !!!

"Watchmen: Das Ende ist Nah" auf DVD & Blu-ray !!!
Am 17. August 2009 erschien das bislang nur als Download erhältliche "Watchmen: Das Ende ist Nah" (Teil 1 & 2) für PS3 und Xbox 360...



[06.02.2012] Wie Slashfilm meldet, scheint man bei DC eine "Watchmen" Prequel-Comic-Serie in Auftrag gegeben zu haben... Kommen dann auch neue Filme? Oder eine Animationserie? Abwarten...

[04.02.2010] Twitch meldet...
Is this a benchmark moment in the history of bad ideas? Alan Moore doesn't want it. Dave Gibbons doesn't want it. But apparently - after seeing the original vault to their number one spot in all-time sales on the back of Zak Snyder's film version - DC Comics has opened the door to the possibility of Watchmen 2 hitting the printed page. The talk is apparently not so much a direct sequel but an expansion of the Watchmen world, which I suppose could mean prequels or stories running in parallel or perhaps other stories involving the main Watchmen crew. [...]

[24.09.2009] Bei Slashfilm.com gibt es Details zu "Watchmen: The Ultimate Cut", der am 3. November 2009 in den USA auf 5 DVDs und 4 Blu-ray Discs (in limitierter Fassung) erscheinen wird...

[21.08.2009] Quint von AICN sprach mit Terry Gilliam, der auch mal "Watchmen" verfilmen wollte...
[...] I was glad our version didn’t get done, the one that Charles McKeown and I had wrote, because we had reduced it down to about two hours and five minutes I think and we lost so much. Comedian was cut down to next to nothing. So (Zack Snyder) did a good job, but it just felt... I also thought THE INCREDIBLES had kind of fucked it for him. [...]
I think WATCHMEN really bothered me, because I thought it should be better. It was all there. It looked right, but to me it was pace. It didn’t have pace. It needed a bit more quirkiness in there. Dr. Manhatten was getting boring, frankly, and then Ozymandias by the end I thought "Oh, come on!" They lost me by the end, frankly, but it was certainly looking better than what I was going to do! (laughs) [...]


[20.08.2009] Heute erscheint "Watchmen - Die Wächter" auf DVD & Blu-ray Disc...

[04.07.2009] Bei AICN gibt es Infos zu den erweiterten Szenen im Director's Cut...

[01.07.2009] Bei Latino Review gibt es ein Beispiel-Video, wie die Zack Snyder Filmpräsentation auf der Blu-ray Version des Films aussieht...

[26.06.2009] CS! sprach mit Zack Snyder über die Blu-ray Version des Films...

[30.05.2009] Die Agentur indigo pearl meldet...
Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment kündigte heute an, dass für das Videospiel Watchmen: Das Ende ist Nah, welches auf dem Film "Watchmen" basiert, in diesem Sommer Part 2 als Download sowie eine komplette Disc-Version erhältlich sein wird. Das Spiel wird für Fans von "Watchmen" in den folgenden Formaten angeboten:
Watchmen: Das Ende ist Nah Part 2, das zweite von zwei episodenhaften Action-Spielen, die auf dem "Watchmen"-Film basieren, wird im Juli 2009 auf Xbox LIVE® Arcade für das Xbox 360® Videospiel- und Entertainment-System von Microsoft und für PlayStation® Network zum Herunterladen bereitstehen.
Watchmen: Das Ende ist Nah Part 1 und 2 werden nun zum ersten Mal als Disc-Version im August 2009 für das Xbox 360® Videospiel- und Entertainment-System und das PLAYSTATION®3 Computer-Entertainment-System im Handel erhältlich sein. [...]


[13.05.2009] Bei Rope of Silicon gibt es offizielle Infos zur US-DVD & Blu-ray Disc von "Watchmen: Director's Cut", die am 28. Juli 2009 erscheinen sollen...

[23.03.2009] CS! berichtet über die US-Kinocharts...
[...] Zack Snyder's adaptation of the graphic novel Watchmen (Warner Bros.) took another big hit in its third weekend, dropping 62% with $6.7 million with $98 million total gross. [...]

[16.03.2009] CS! berichtet über die US-Kinocharts...
[...] Zack Snyder's adaptation of the graphic novel Watchmen (Warner Bros.) took a nasty plunge from its strong opening weekend, dropping 67% to second place with $18 million in its second weekend. It has grossed $86 million in North America in its first ten days, though it will be a push for it to get to $130 million before it's gone from theaters. [...]

[14.03.2009] Bei AICN gibt es einen offenen Brief von Drehbuchautor David Hayter an die Fans - Zitat: "Please go see the movie again next weekend" !!!

[11.03.2009] Bei EW.com gibt es Clips aus "Watchmen: Tales of the Black Freighter" und "Under the Hood", die in Kürze auf DVD erscheinen...

[10.03.2009] THR.com berichtet über die US-Einspielergebnisse...
[...] Warner Bros.' much-watched release of the epic-length actioner "Watchmen" wound up topping the domestic boxoffice with a weekend haul estimated at $55.7 million for an opening in the far lower end of pre-release projections.
Directed by Zack Snyder, there had been much speculation over whether "Watchmen" would bow higher than the helmer's ancient Greece actioner "300," which debuted with $70.9 million in March 2007. "Watchmen" had a field free from other wide openers following a high-profile courtroom battle between Warners and Fox for the right to release the cult comic-book adaptation.
Fox will share in up to 8.5% of boxoffice under terms of a court-supervised settlement. Co-financier Paramount holds foreign rights on the pic. [...]


[09.03.2009] Bei Moviehole gibt es ein Interview mit Jeffrey D. Morgan alias Comedian... Und CS! spricht über die US-Einspielergebnisse...
[...] Warner Bros. Pictures' Watchmen dominated the domestic box office this weekend, but was held back by its long 2:40 running time and less showings. The Zack Snyder-directed graphic novel adaptation earned an estimated $55.7 million from 3,611 theaters, for an average of $15,413 per location. Made for about $150 million, Watchmen marks the third-highest March opening of all time, trailing just Snyder's own 300 ($70.9 million) and Ice Age: The Meltdown ($68 million). The debut is also the sixth best for an R-rated film. IMAX theaters accounted for $5.5 million of the film's $55.7 million opening, which is the company's best opening-weekend number after The Dark Knight's $6.3 million. Internationally, Watchmen topped the box office as well with $27.5 million from 5,097 theaters in 45 markets. Worldwide, the film has earned $83.2 million after three days. [...]

[05.03.2009] Heute startet "Watchmen - Die Wächter" in den deutschen Kinos... Und auch das Download-Videospiel "Watchmen: Das Ende ist nah" wurde pünktlich veröffentlicht... Ein Uncensored "Watchmen"-Clip from Max HD ist online... Und THR.com berichtet über den ersten Rekord...

[04.03.2009] Bei EW.com gibt es eine Kritik...

[03.03.2009] Bei Rotten Tomatoes liegt der Durchschnitt der Kritiken aktuell bei 76%, gestern waren es noch 81%... Derweil gibt es bei NBC.com die ersten beiden von 6 Charakter-Clips: Dr. Manhattan und Rorschach... Und unter 6MinutesToMidnight.com offeriert Warner einen rund 10-minütigen interaktiven Trailer !!!

[02.03.2009] Bei CS! gibt es mehrere TV-Spots und Featuretten... Ausserdem gibt es bei CS! Video-Interviews mit Zack Snyder, Jackie Earle Haley, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Billy Crudup, Matthew Goode, Malin Akerman, Patrick Wilson und Carla Gugino...

[27.02.2009] Bei AICN gibt es eine Kritik von Harry Knowles...

[25.02.2009] THR.com meldet...
Of all the people watching how "Watchmen" does at the boxoffice, Larry Gordon might have the most complicated feelings.
The veteran producer has an A-list backend deal on Warner Bros.' R-rated graphic novel adaptation and stands to gain financially if it becomes a hit. But if Warners has its way, Gordon also could be on the hook to Warners for a hefty percentage of the film's grosses based on his role in the legal debacle that ended with Fox owning a piece of the "Watchmen" property.
For this reason, Gordon and Warners have put off until after the $130 million Zack Snyder epic opens next Friday to resolve their standoff over what amount -- if anything -- Gordon should reimburse the studio for the cost of settling the litigation.
A clear idea of what Gordon might be liable for won't emerge until the film has largely played out, which could be a month or two, but if the pic is a mega-grosser, it could be tens of millions.
Fox sued Warners last February, claiming copyright infringement based on agreements the studio had with Gordon in the early 1990s.
The case was a rare public showdown between studios over a potential blockbuster and highlighted the challenge of maintaining a clear chain of title on projects that bounce around in development over many years.
When Judge Gary Feess ruled Dec. 24 that Gordon did not secure proper rights to "Watchmen" from Fox, Warners settled the case rather than face a possible injunction against the film's release.
The Warners settlement gave Fox a $1.5 million reimbursement for development costs as well as up to 8.5% of the film's worldwide grosses, although the percentage is lower until the film breaks even.
That could put Gordon in a strange position: The better the film does, the more he could pocket as a profit participant but the more he might have to fork over to make Warners whole. That's because Warners claims its agreements with Gordon contain an indemnity clause requiring the producer to reimburse it for any unforeseen problems with the pic.
Neither Gordon nor his litigation lawyer Dale Kinsella would comment, but they have maintained in court filings that Gordon is not responsible for the litigation and owes Warners nothing. Reps for Warners also declined to comment, but several sources said the studio plans to aggressively pursue Gordon for the settlement costs. In court papers Warners said Gordon should be liable "for all damages Warner Bros. suffers as a result of Fox's claims."
Complicating matters further is Gordon's position in the litigation that his own transactional attorneys who negotiated the deals are in part to blame for the mess. Gordon's litigation lawyers, who are not in the same firm as the transactional attorneys, wrote to Judge Feess that Fox's lawsuit might be traced to errors in the negotiation process by Fox as well as by Gordon's own counsel at the Jake Bloom law firm.
Gordon, who is still repped by the Bloom firm, is now said to be pushing for that firm's malpractice insurance carrier to make a contribution to any financial settlement. The Bloom firm declined to comment.
But the amount of any settlement will depend on how well the film does.
"Watchmen" premiered Monday night in London to mixed reviews, with the critic from tabloid News of the World (which is owned by Fox topper Rupert Murdoch) calling the 2-1/2 hour epic "spirit-crushingly disappointing" but several others predicting approval from fans of the Alan Moore-Dave Gibbons graphic novel.


[24.02.2009] Ein Extended "Rorschach" Clip ist online... Und bei THR.com gibt es gemischte Stimmen zur Weltpremiere...
[...] Critics gave it mixed reviews, with several predicting approval from the hardcore comic book fan fraternity.
How it plays to a wider audience, however, will be more important to its commercial prospects.
"For those just watching 'Watchmen' for the Watchmen, without any expectations or knowledge of the comic's storyline or historical importance, this really will be a blast," wrote Mike Ragogna in the Huffington Post.
But Robbie Collin, of Britain's top-selling tabloid weekly News of the World, disagreed:
"This two-and-a-half-hour wannabe pop culture epic isn't the worst superhero movie ever made ... but it is one of the most spirit-crushingly disappointing," he said. [...]


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