We've been covering the long-discussed movie version of Alan Moore's Frank Miller's Watchmen since October of 2005, and now it looks like that project will have a lot riding on the success of Zack Snyder's current project. The highly-anticipated adaptation will most likely happen, but things like casting and budget may hinge (at least a little) on the response earned by Snyder and Miller's inaugural collaboration: the frankly awesome-looking 300 (which opens March 9 and boy I can't wait).

According to a nifty little mini-interview with SuperheroHype.com, Mr. Snyder seems all set to go on Watchmen, which could actually begin production this summer. The young director also covers the various subtextual/political elements that could be part of the Watchmen story, the importance of its 1985 setting, and the ways in which 300 has already made things a little easier where the Watchmen project is concerned. So with Dawn of the Dead and now 300 under his belt, and Watchmen almost definitely on the horizon, Zack Snyder looks poised to become the next King of Guy Movies. That seems fair, right? The ladies get Nancy Meyers, Nora Ephron and Richard Curtis -- and the guys get Zack Snyder, Quentin Tarantino and ... Rob Zombie, I guess.