After having to endure months of speculation after the first whispers hinted at a Watchmen TV series being developed by HBO, it’s great to finally receive confirmation that the project is moving forward – and with Damon Lindelof (Lost) at the helm, no less.
Right now, not much is known about the project, but Lindelof himself revealed on Instagram that the writers room is open for business, so brainstorming is now in session. When it comes to plot, though, it’s implied that this’ll indeed adapt Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons’ highly acclaimed graphic novel from the 1980’s, something previously done on the big screen in 2009, courtesy of director Zack Snyder.
On the one hand, this is a very exciting prospect because there’s so much material to adapt from the original book itself. After all, there’s a reason why it’s often referred to as being “the War and Peace of comic books.” Even though Snyder hit the major beats in the feature film, it was impossible to include all the minutiae – and there’s also the original ending featuring the giant squid to consider.
But on the other, it’s hard to forget that an animated movie might also be on the way, causing even the most devoted of fans to question whether three separate adaptations of the same book arriving in such a short time span are really necessary. Naturally, one would think the Before Watchmen prequel comics would be ideal source material for a television series, but the decision isn’t up to us.
In the meantime, though, we’ll bring you all the latest news regarding HBO’s Watchmen as it breaks, because they certainly aren’t wasting any time getting this thing off the ground.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter