Snyder inks for Warners' 'Illustrated'

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Zack Snyder is sharpening his pencil for Warner Bros. Pictures' "The Illustrated Man."

Snyder is attached to direct the adaptation based on Ray Bradbury's classic collection of short stories and will produce with his wife/producing partner Deborah Snyder via their Cruel and Unusual Films along with Denise Di Novi of Di Novi Pictures and Frank Darabont.

"Illustrated" is a collection of unrelated stories that explore the nature of humankind and are linked by a storyteller whose tattoos come to life and tell a tale.

Some of the better-known stories include "The Veldt," about two parents who use an artificial nursery that re-creates the African savanna to placate their children but get locked inside it by the children; "The Other Foot," in which Mars has been colonized by black people who want to create a system of segregation when they learn that a rocket filled with white travelers is arriving from Earth; and "Marionettes Inc.," in which a man attempts to escape his unhappy marriage by replacing himself with a robot to fool his wife, only to discover that his wife left a while ago and he had been living with a robot version of her.

The book, originally published in 1951, was the basis of a 1969 film that was distributed by Warner Bros.-Seven Arts and starred Rod Steiger in the title role.

Alex Tse, who wrote Snyder's upcoming directorial effort "Watchmen," is adapting the screenplay. Kevin McCormick and Greg Silverman are overseeing the project for Warners. Jesse Ehrman is the creative executive. Di Novi's Alison Greenspan and Cruel and Unusual's Wesley Coller executive produce.

Studio-based Di Novi recently wrapped production on "Nights in Rodanthe," an adaptation of the Nicholas Sparks novel starring Richard Gere and Diane Lane, and is in postproduction on "The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2."

Snyder, who directed "300" for Warners, is in preproduction on "Watchmen." The Snyders' Cruel and Unusual signed a production deal this year with Warners.

Snyder is repped by CAA and attorney Warren Dern. Tse is repped by CAA.
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