'300' Director Inks 'Illustrated Man'

FictionRay BradburyBilly CrudupFrank DarabontJeffrey Dean Morgan

From zombies and Spartans to superheroes and ... aliens?

In demand "300" helmer Zack Snyder has been attached to direct the adaptation based on the science fiction-themed stories in Ray Bradbury's "The Illustrated Man," report the trades.

Snyder and his wife Deborah Snyder are producing the Warner Bros. Picture alongside Denise Di Novi of Di Novi Pictures and Frank Darabont.

The classic collection of tales are told by a tattooed storyteller whose body art comes to life to illustrate the action. The stories range are generally chilling views of the future and the dehumanizing effect of technology or twisted social commentary set in space. One story tells of parents who purchase a state-of-the-art nursery that changes its walls to create fantasy environements based on their children's thoughts -- which have a rather sick bent. Several other tales deal with colonists on Mars, a frequent object of fascination for Bradbury.

Snyder is currently working on his adaptation of "Watchmen," the award-winning limited comic series. The ensemble cast includes Carla Gugino, Patrick Wilson, Jackie Earle Haley, Matthew Goode, Billy Crudup, Jeffrey Dean Morgan and Malin Akerman.

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