Watchmen director Zack Snyder exclusively reveals more details about his Illustrated Man adaptation

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Dec 14, 2012, 3:54 PM EST

Watchmen director Zack Snyder will be plenty busy with his upcoming movies Guardians of Ga'Hoole and Sucker Punch, but after that he has more landmark genre prospects ahead, including a movie based on Ray Bradbury's classic 1951 SF book The Illustrated Man, which Watchmen co-wrter Alex Tse is adapting.

"It's amazing," Snyder said in an exclusive interview on Wednesday in Burbank, Calif., where he was promoting Watchmen: Director's Cut on Blu-ray. "We tried to do it basically retro technology, retro sci-fi, which I feel like is kind of cool. It's sort of in spirit of the novel."

Snyder added that the movie will comprise five of Bradbury's 18 classic short stories, which are loosely knitted together as a novel, linked by the common thread of the title tattooed man, whose "illustrations" come to life for an unnamed narrator. Perhaps the most famous of the stories includes the virtual-reality cautionary tale "The Veldt" and a tragic tale of an astronaut about to re-enter the atmosphere, "Kaleidoscope."

Naturally, Snyder decined to reveal just which tales the movie will feature.

The book was previously adapted as a 1969 film directed by Jack Smight and starring Rod Steiger, Claire Bloom and others and included adaptations of "The Veldt," "The Long Rain" and "The Last Night of the World" and expands the prologue and epilogue with intermittent scenes and flashbacks of how the illustrations came to be.

Meanwhile, Snyder said that he also hopes to be a part of a Heavy Metal reboot. James Cameron, David Fincher, Tenacious D and Gore Verbinski are also reportedly developing segments of the movie, a reboot of the 1981 anthology movie based on stories from Heavy Metal magazine and original tales that fit the aesthetic, animated with R-rated violence and nudity.

"If that movie happens, absolutely," Snyder said. As to when he would fit it into his schedule, "I don't know; we'll figure that out."

The segment Snyder has his eye on is an original story, but Snyder could not name or describe it yet. "There is a segment I'm interested in," he said. "I don't know if I'm supposed to talk about it yet. It was an idea that was given to me, that I saw, actually."