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COBALT 60 getting the big screen treatment, courtesy of Zack Snyder!

Ahoy, squirts! Quint here. News hit today that Universal and Zack Snyder are following up his work next year on Frank Miller's 300 with an adaptation of the underground comic COBALT 60, by Mark Bode.

The books focus on a quest for revenge in a postapocalyptic world inhabited by mutants and bizarre creatures.

As interesting as these books look, I'd rather he focus on getting WATCHMEN made and getting made right. I'd love to see that story told on the big screen, but I'm at a complete loss as to how you'd do it in one film. Still, after seeing all that 300 footage, I'd love to see him try!

COBALT 60 is still looking for a writer, so maybe that puts it behind WATCHMEN...

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  • Oct. 25, 2006, 3:21 a.m. CST


    by mattyholmes

  • Oct. 25, 2006, 3:25 a.m. CST

    Is Cobalt any good?

    by Boba Fat

    Never heard of it,

  • Oct. 25, 2006, 3:51 a.m. CST

    It's odd, but good (some spoilers)

    by ErnieAnderson

    WAY back in the day, COBALT 60 started out in the pages of EPIC ILLUSTRATED. It's weird, it's violent, and the Crocs are funny as shit. I don't know how well it will translate, and I don't know how many actors will sign on to a role where you only see the lead's face twice. Ralph Bakshi back in his batshit crazy 70s mode could do this justice.

  • Oct. 25, 2006, 4:18 a.m. CST

    I remember these


    Kinda Moebius, Bakshi, Heavy Metal, 70's ish. They gave me the creeps when I was a kid.

  • Oct. 25, 2006, 4:26 a.m. CST


    by BadMrWonka

    I have no comment on this film or the comic...but I do SO love Wonka Bars!!!

  • Oct. 25, 2006, 6:34 a.m. CST


    by Boba Fat

    Thanks and remember, Stallone signed on to Judge Dredd......and then shot about two scenes with the helmet on...yeah you're right.

  • Oct. 25, 2006, 6:54 a.m. CST

    After the Dawn of the Dead remake and what little...

    by rbatty024

    I've seen of 300, I don't have a lot of confidence in Zack Snyder's Watchman adaptation. Subtlety doesn't seem to be this guy's strong suit.

  • Oct. 25, 2006, 7:09 a.m. CST

    Resembles SUNABOZA

    by EvilWizardGlick

    Damn fine anime.

  • Oct. 25, 2006, 7:11 a.m. CST

    Oops! SUNABOZU.

    by EvilWizardGlick

    Damn my spelling skills. If I only had a Spanky Ham to rig my bees.

  • Oct. 25, 2006, 7:28 a.m. CST

    Hey Quint, weresmurf here

    by Ridge

    Watchmen could be done as one movie quite easily. You'd just have to trim some of the fat from the plot (namely a lot of the Dr Manhattan stuff which ultimately seemed a little pointless in the long run) and give the movie a 3 hour run time. In that time, you should be able to do it well.

  • Oct. 25, 2006, 8:21 a.m. CST

    Stick to doing watchmen

    by _diesel_

    That's what everyone wants to see!And done well.I have faith in Zack after watching his Dawn of the dead remake and the 300 footage that has appeared so far

  • Oct. 25, 2006, 9:31 a.m. CST

    Ridge has got it...

    by Childe Roland

    ...where getting a Watchmen adaptation right is concerned. Snyder needs to tune out the purists who'd rather see it given the Sin City treatment (literally comic-panel-tostory-board-to-screen translation) and focus on captureing the essence of the characters and the conflict in a nice 3-hour window. No movie based on a literary work preserves everything that was goign on in that work (including Sin City), so those worried that a movie adaptation would somehow defile the book and their memory of it need to chill the fuck out.

  • Oct. 25, 2006, 9:43 a.m. CST

    Does this look like Wizards?

    by evilmasterfoo

    I mean it does...right?

  • Oct. 25, 2006, 10:04 a.m. CST

    wow cobalt 60

    by cromulent

    I remember 20 years ago reading one episode and loved it, but never got around to getting any more for some reason and then forgot all about it. Thanks for reminding me and now I can hunt down the rest of the series.

  • Oct. 25, 2006, 10:05 a.m. CST

    Yes, it does look a lot like Wizards

    by Bloodstained

    And the reason for that is because Ralph Bakshi shamelessly ripped Cobalt 60 off for the character of Peace. He as well stole from another Bode comic called Cheech the Wizard for the look of Avatar.

  • Oct. 25, 2006, 10:30 a.m. CST

    Big action scenes...

    by mojorising74

    I think V for Vendetta proved that Alan Moore could be translated to the screen, without the big action sequences. Watchmen could be faithfully done, it just has to find the heart, like V for Vendetta. And it probably needs to give it's female charachters a polish, also like V for Vendetta.

  • Oct. 25, 2006, 11:23 a.m. CST

    Snyder, Nice work

    by LustHog

    Yes you are awesome, I love Bode's style

  • Oct. 25, 2006, 11:27 a.m. CST

    Although Vaughn Bode and Mark Bode differ

    by LustHog

    Father and son, both with same style art, Vaughn did Cheech wizard and is the creator of Cobalt 60.

  • Oct. 25, 2006, 12:54 p.m. CST

    I remember these Comics as a kid

    by Norm3

    & I often wondered if Wizards did rip off Cobalt 60 or vise versa.

  • Oct. 25, 2006, 12:57 p.m. CST

    by Norm3

  • Oct. 25, 2006, 1:06 p.m. CST

    Snyders' comments on Watchmen

    by playahatersball

    I think were on this site, can't remember, but he seemed to have a real understanding/affection for the source material, not just some guy the studio hired to bring it in under budget. I think Warners is totally prepaired to release/market Watchmen as a serious literary adaptation than another comic movie. Look at any reprint of the TPB and it's hard not to notice how much they sell it (They, being warner publishing) as a serious work of literature. The fact that they've drunk their own Koolaid as to what this book means to so many people should bode well for how they handle this baby. Don't be suprised to see Watchmen on book club lists in the next couple of years.

  • Oct. 25, 2006, 1:08 p.m. CST

    If ever a title cried out to not be done in live-action

    by Harry Weinstein

    it was ANYTHING from the Vaughn & Mark Bode collection. Do it in 2-D cel animation or do nothing - anything else is totally inappropriate. I don't care who's trying to make the film, I don't care how big of a budget they get, I don't care who does the special effects or the music or the cinematography - live action Bode simply isn't going to work. It's a sad day for underground comic fans and graffiti artists everywhere. This well and truly is Not Cool News. I am cringing already. Whoever said "stick to Watchmen" is goddamn right. Making that into a live-action movie is merely extremely difficult. Taking Vaughn and Mark Bode's work and making a live-action film of it is simply impossible. Better off making WIKIPEDIA: THE MOVIE.

  • Oct. 25, 2006, 1:08 p.m. CST

    This is fantastic news!

    by MaxHunter73

    "Cobalt 60" is an excellent, if not underrated comic series. Definitely takes you into the true realms of fantasy, quite like Bakshi's "Wizards" or the tales from "Heavy Metal" and "Epic." I'm really looking forward to this...

  • Oct. 25, 2006, 1:13 p.m. CST

    cool, but watchmen needs to be done first

    by Argentino

    It's gonna be a great movie someday

  • Oct. 25, 2006, 2:47 p.m. CST

    Holy crap, Harry Weinstein!

    by Nice Marmot

    I never even thought that they might try to do this live action. There's no mention of it being live action in Quint's post. This can ONLY be animated.

  • Oct. 25, 2006, 4:49 p.m. CST

    Bad Mr. Wonka...


    Eat me! Sorry, couldn't resist. Cheers brother.

  • Oct. 25, 2006, 5:07 p.m. CST


    by Boromir187

    I suspect whether "Watchmen" or this comes first for Zach Snyder depends greatly on how soon "Watchmen" is greenlit by whatever studio owns it. This is actually a pretty smooth move on Snyder's part. If "Watchmen" is greenlit soon, he can easily go make it first. If the studio asks for more work on the project though, Zach can go off and make this while polishing up "Watchmen".

  • Oct. 25, 2006, 10:11 p.m. CST

    Oh, goody.

    by AngelCordy

    Look, if I were Zach Snyder, and I was adapting "Watchmen" to the big screen, I'd be scared shitless. You're talking about a book that people claim as one of the greatest graphic novels ever written, and you've got half the Internet breathing down your back just waiting for every tidbit they can get. And if he fucked it up, I wouldn't be surprised if Alan Moore just snapped and showed up at his door with a shotgun. Where am I going with all this? I don't know. I'm reserving judgement until "300" comes out. But if you go for the Holy Grail, Zach, best of luck to you. Oh, and throw 20 million dollars at Simon Pegg to be Rorschach, even though he said no. The end.

  • Oct. 25, 2006, 10:45 p.m. CST

    Same treatment as 300

    by LustHog

    Could be cool with a almost perfect adaptation of visual style and atmosphere.

  • Oct. 26, 2006, 4:19 a.m. CST


    by MulletVanDamme

    Sounds a lot like Ralph Bakshi's Wizards...super

  • Oct. 28, 2006, 3:17 a.m. CST

    300 trailer gives me goosebumps every damn time!

    by hedetoft

    Damn, I have almost watch it as many times as The Sin City trailer. And that is saying a lot! Anyhow, if Snyder could goosebump with a trailer, I strongly believe that he can turn the holy grail of graphic novels into something kick ass. Never heard of Cobalt, but I know that if I were in Snyder's position right now I would spend day in and day out obsessing over how to turn Watchmen into all the greatness and glory it could be. André Hedetoft Geek Movie Director Join my Fan Club so that I get to make my next movie over at !