Would you like to learn a little about the crew that is taking on the task of making a Watchmen movie but don't feel like sifting through endless pages on IMDB? Well, you're in luck. The following is the skinny on all of the lead crew members involved in the upcoming film adaptation of Alan Moore’s and Dave Gibbons’ graphic novel masterpiece.
Snyder is a graduate of the Heatherlies School in London and the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena. He shot and directed commercials for companies such as Compuware, Audi and Budweiser. While working on commercials for Nike and Reebok, he directed such famous athletes as Michael Jordan and Troy Aikman. The 2004 Dawn of the Dead remake was his feature directorial debut, followed by the film adaptation of Frank Miller’s graphic novel 300.
From 1979 until 1996, Gains worked as an assistant director on many films for TV and cinema, such as Dirty Dancing, Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story, Dragonheart, and Natural Born Killers. Since ‘96, Gains has served as both unit production manager and producer for OrangeCounty, Radio, House of Wax, and The Brave One, among many other films. He also produced The Reaping and The Factory, his next movie after Watchmen.
A Binghamton, New York native that got his start with the purchase and sale of a small Laundromat chain. After raising money from several investment firms, he started his own production company. Tull has financed and exec-produced many recent blockbusters, including Superman Returns, 300, and 10,000 B.C. He also financed roughly half the budget for Batman Begins and will have an executive producer credit for its sequel, The Dark Knight.
Deborah Snyder started her producing career in television with the 1997 documentary Talk to Me: Americans in Conversation. Zack and Deborah Snyder got married shortly after the release of Dawn of the Dead. Mrs. Snyder worked as a producer on 300 and is attached to all of Zack Snyder’s upcoming film projects, including Sucker Punch, Army of the Dead, and another “masked hero” movie entitled Cobolt 60.
Gordon served as the president of 20th Century Fox from 1984 until 1986. Later in 1986, Gordon purchased the film rights to Watchmen. Since then, he has been the driving force behind Watchmen’s two-decade journey to the big screen. Meanwhile, he served as a producer for many films, such as the first Die Hard movie, The Rocketeer, TimeCop, Mystery Men, and worked as an executive producer on Boogie Nights.
A frequent collaborator with Lawrence Gordon, the two producers share credits for Field of Dreams, the Hellboy film franchise, both Tomb Raider movies and the second Die Hard movie, among many others. More recently, Levin earned a BAFTA nomination for his executive producing work on United 93. After Watchmen, his next movie will be Green Zone, another political film directed by Paul Greengrass.
Immediately after graduation from Eastern Michigan University, Coller moved to Los Angeles at the urging of a cousin in the film industry. He later found work as Zack Snyder’s personal assistant. With Deborah Snyder, they formed a production company called Cruel and Unusual. Coller served as an associate producer on 300 and will be filling the role of Executive producer in Synder’s upcoming movie Army of the Dead.
At nineteen, Bates was simultaneously managing a stock trading firm and playing in Chicago-based bands. Before Bates left his band “Pet,” in 1997, he wrote the song “Lil’ Boots” for the film The Crow: City of Angels. His band “Pet” performed the single, which earned them a platinum record. Later, Bates composed the score for Snyder’s Dawn of the Dead, which led to his work on The Devil’s Rejects, Slither and Halloween. Bates also composed music for 300.
Fong attended UCLA, was rejected from their film program and graduated with a BA in Linguistics. He then studied photography at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena and later transferred to its film department. Since then, Fong has become primarily known for his work on the TV series, Lost. However, he did reunite with his old classmate, Zack Snyder, for 300. Fong is also an accomplished magician, known for performing card tricks during breaks.
McDowell attended the Central School of Art in London with ambitions of being a painter. He started designing album covers and went on to design sets for music videos and then commercials. His credits include The Crow, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Fight Club and Minority Report. Perhaps most notably, he was given the task of recreating a full scale but mythical airport interior for Steven Spielberg’s The Terminal, complete with working escalators and cooked burgers, the largest interior set ever built.
Born in France and raised in South California, Audouy has frequently collaborated with Alex McDowell on film projects such as Minority Report and The Cat in the Hat. Audouy also served as the art director for both Men in Black movies and the Spider-Man film trilogy. His work will next be seen in James Cameron’s upcoming movie, Avatar. Audouy is also the founder and administrator of the Art Direction Wiki.
Early in his career, Wilkinson did uncredited work, assisting in the costume design for The Matrix, Romeo + Juliet and Moulin Rouge! He subsequently designed the costumes for the closing ceremony of the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney, Australia. His film credits include American Splendor, Garden State, Sky High, Babel and 300. After Watchmen, his work will next be seen in the currently-untitled fourth Terminator movie.
Hoy started work in Hollywood as an assistant editor for the movie Quintet in 1977. Later on, he would edit an episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation entitled “A Matter of Honor” and share an editing credit for Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country. His other credits include Dances With Wolves, Patriot Games, Sliver, The Man in the Iron Mask, I, Robot, both Fantastic Four movies directed by Tim Story and 300.