Apr. 1st, 2009

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From http://scifiwire.com/2009/03/warners-announces-watchmen-2.php:

Warner Brothers announces 'Watchmen 2: Brave New World'

It had superheroes, sex, swearing, and political commentary. Many thought it would never get made at all. Now, although the film was initially touted as a single movie with no intended sequels or prequels, Warner Bros. has backtracked and announced, in light of the success of "Watchmen", even despite somewhat lukewarm BO performance in later weeks, there will in fact be a sequel, planned to hit theatres December 21st, 2012.

"I know nobody expected it," producer Lloyd Levin said, speaking at a press conference.
"The domestic box office totals didn't meet all of our expectations, but we expected that," he said with a laugh. "But the movie still did very well, one of the highest opening R-rated movies of all time, made a lot of money in the international market, and we anticipate it will do extraordinary business on DVD, so we had to consider where to go from there. We received a pitch that we just loved and think fans will love too. There's a story to be told here and clearly an audience for this kind of story. We look at the first Watchmen as sort of a loss-leader. Too many people already knew the story to make as big a splash as we wanted. So we build up all this hype and anticipation, get people excited about Watchmen, and then now we have a sequel coming. This one, fans won't be able to stay home from on the grounds that they already know what happens. They'll be drawn to the theatre by the mystery and the spectacle."

All of the actors in the original were signed for multiple movies, and they say many of them will be returning. "Yes," Levin added, "even Jackie Earl Haley, who was spectacular as Rorschach. He will be back, but perhaps not how you expect."

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