HBO is bringing Alan Moore’s most acclaimed work back to life. It has been announced that HBO is adapting Watchmen into a TV series with Lost and The Leftovers co-creator Damon Lindelof heading up the project.
Nothing has been fully set in concrete, but it is in the early stages of development.
This is the first update in a while we’ve heard about another attempt at adapting Watchmen. The latest was indeed that HBO were looking at making a miniseries out of the legendary comic. Zack Snyder, who wrote and directed the 2009 film adaptation, looks to no longer be involved in the project at all, which admittedly would give the show a fresher feel to it all.
Lindelof is more than certainly gonna set off a wide range of reactions across the web. Aside from the previously mentioned Lost and Leftovers, he’s also been involved in Prometheus, Tomorrowland, World War Z, and loads more of projects that gains attention in one form or another due to his writing approaches, particularly how he raises and solves long narrative mysteries.
For those unfamiliar with Watchmen itself, it is a comic book miniseries from 1986 written by Alan Moore (who will most certainly not care about this project at all) and drawn by Dave Gibbons. The book was a satire of its society at the time as well as a deconstructionist tale of the superhero genre itself.
A Watchmen series would certainly make a huge impact in the landscape of superhero TV shows given the DC slate on The CW and Fox, Marvel’s offerings on ABC and Netflix, and Legion on FX among many.
What is your reaction to the news? Do you think this is a good idea? Who would you cast in the roles of the main characters? How many episodes should it go? Let us know in the comments below!