Zack Snyder to Helm New Illustrated Man

She had lived in the past, and she had lived in the future, and she put it all on him.

Zack Snyder, director of the comic book adaptations 300 and the soon-to-start-filming Watchmen, has already demonstrated a fondness for hand-drawn source material. According to Variety, his next project will take its inspiration from a different kind of illustration -- specifically, Ray Bradbury's 1951 collection of short stories, The Illustrated Man.

In the book, eighteen unrelated short stories are threaded together by the narrator's encounter with a drifter sporting animated, storytelling tattoos he claims to have been given by a woman from the future. This isn't the first time The Illustrated Man has been given the film treatment -- in 1969, Rod Steiger starred in the title role -- but Variety refers to the new project as a "redo," not a remake, and in any case, the original film only adapted three of the book's stories; screenwriter Alex Tse could conceivably deliver what amounts to an entirely new movie.

No target release is mentioned for the project, but Snyder -- who is producing the film in conjunction with Di Novi Pictures and Frank Darabont -- will be tied up with Watchmen for the foreseeable future, so we shouldn't expect to see anything for awhile yet.

Source: Variety

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