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Watchmen Runtime Shortened

watchmencomedianpostersmall-111308Zack and Deborah Snyder, the husband and wife directing/producing team behind the film adaptation of Alan Moore and Dave Gibbon’s Watchmen, told SCI FI Wire that the film’s final length hasn’t been approved yet, but it is getting shorter:

“We’re getting really close,” producer Deborah Snyder said in a telephone interview on Nov. 18. “We’re at two hours and 35 minutes.” Zack Snyder added: “The movie’s pretty long … compared to 300, which was an hour and 58 minutes. The director’s cut [of Watchmen] is about three hours and 10 minutes long. It has even more than the theatrical version, as far as the detail that gets even closer to the graphic novel.”

Snyder still plans to edit the Black Freighter material directly into Watchmen for a DVD (and likely Blu-ray) release:

“The Black Freighter version of the movie that we’re working on–which has the ins and outs of the Black Freighter comic book woven through it, with an animated version of the Black Freighter–will be about three hours and 40 minutes,” Zack said. “So there’s a huge epic version of Watchmen, which will probably come out after the movie’s theatrical release, for hardcore [fans].”

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Watchmen hits theaters on March 6, 2009.