After casting was completed, the question most fans of the Watchmen comic had for director Zack Snyder was "Are you keeping the original ending for the Watchmen movie?" According to WatchmenComicMovie.com, in the November issue of Starlog, Snyder has been quoted as saying that yes, the original ending is in.
Snyder promises to keep the film faithful to Alan Moore's graphic novel:
I'm sticking to the hard edge and all of the bickering that's in Watchmen. If you don't do that, you shouldn't do the film at all. The reason why is that the movie works as an answer to what's out there. It did that as a graphic novel, and it needs to do that as a film. If you want to take out the edgy bits, then don't bother making it. Never mind!
Snyder went on to clarify, "I'm going to make a movie that I want to see. I honestly believe people are tired of Hollywood's watered-down films. It's refreshing to see a hard movie."
Alsom mentioned in the article is the fact that the character of Dr. Manhattan would be a "full 3-D CG" character with Billy Cruddup's face and performance scanned in, similar to Bill Nighy's performance as Davey Jones in Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest. Snyder himself will have a cameo in the film.
Watchmen is scheduled for a 2009 release.