Tales of the Black Freighter 2009

Tales of the Black Freighter is a direct to DVD animated film, directed by Mike Smith and Daniel Delpurgatorio, which serves as an addition to the 2009 motion picture Watchmen based on a story within a story from the comic Watchmen.

It was released on DVD in the USA on March 24, 2009. It has been given an R rating by the MPAA for violent and grisly images. The DVD also includes Under the Hood, an adaptation of the (fictional) Hollis Mason book featured at the end of the first three chapters of the novel. It is presented as a 35-minute episode (including period ads) of the fictional TV newsmagazine The Culpeper Minute, featuring interviews set in 1975 with various characters revealing more of the backstory of the Minutemen, precursors of The Watchmen. This feature is rated PG.

Plot: An unnamed Mariner is thrust into a nightmare when his ship is attacked by the notorious pirates of the Black Freighter. The only survivor, he is marooned on an island and agonises over the thought that the Frieghter’s destination is his home port Davidstown. Too late to save his family or anyone else, he is nevertheless determined to get back to Davidstown at least in time to get revenge on the Black Freighter’s crew. But during his desperate journey, his deteriorating mind could lead to a worse fate than any he could have imagined.
Tales of the Black Freighter was originally a comic which existed as a story within a story in the Watchmen graphic novel. In October 2001, David Hayter was hired to write a screenplay for a possible movie adaptation of the series. However, Hayter admitted that he was forced to remove Tales of the Black Freighter from the screenplay, because it would have increased the running time. Hayter was quoted as saying, “I knew that would put us over three hours and I was never going to get that past the studio.” However, on June 23, 2006, it was announced that Zack Snyder would direct a film adaptation of Watchmen. Snyder confirmed that Tales of the Black Freighter would be omitted from the film, although it would be produced as a separate straight to DVD animated film in order to help promote Watchmen. It was confirmed that Gerard Butler, who played the lead role in Snyder’s 300, would voice the main character as Snyder could not find him a role in Watchmen. Snyder also said that he will release a director’s cut of Watchmen, which will have Tales of the Black Freighter inserted into the film, as in the graphic novel, therefore considerably increasing the film’s running time.
* Gerard Butler as the Captain
* Salli Saffioti-Mariners as the youngest daughter

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