Zack Snyder to Direct Illustrated Man

Warner Bros. has hired Zack Snyder (300) to direct its remake of The Illustrated Man.

The helmer, busy preparing 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 screenwriter Alex Tse will pen 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 big screen adaptation, distributed by Warner Bros.-Seven Arts; Claire Bloom co-starred.

Di Novi Pictures and Snyder’s 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 executive producing.