Zack Snyder to direct ‘Illustrated’

Filmmaker also producing redo for Warners

Warner Bros. has tattooed Zack Snyder’s name on its redo of “The Illustrated Man.”

The helmer, busy prepping “Watchmen” for the studio, is attached to direct and produce the remake based on Ray Bradbury’s collection of short stories by the same name. “Watchmen” scribe Alex Tse will tackle the screenplay.

The collection, first published in 1951, is narrated by a mysterious man with living tattoos that predict the future. Rod Steiger starred in the title role for the 1969 bigscreen adaptation, distributed by Warner Bros.-Seven Arts; Claire Bloom co-starred.

Di Novi Pictures and Snyder’s shingle, Cruel and Unusual Films, are producing the remake. Denise Di Novi, and Deborah Snyder, the helmer’s wife and producing partner, are also producing, along with Frank Darabont. Cruel and Unusual’s Wesley Coller and Di Novi’s Alison Greenspan are exec producing.

Snyder and his wife signed a first-look deal with the studio in the wake of his success with “300” (Daily Variety, Jan. 30). They are producing “Illustrated Man” through Cruel and Unusual.

Di Novi’s shingle has produced numerous films at the studio under its production deal, including “Nights in Rodanthe.”

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