Back in 2015 we found out that HBO was considering a TV series based on the Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons graphic novel Watchmen.
At the time Zack Snyder, who directed the 2009 film adaptation of the comic, was also attached to the potential HBO series. Snyder has since departed the project, but now a new talent could be coming aboard. It’s being reported that Damon Lindelof, co-creator and showrunner on LOST and HBO’s The Leftovers, is currently in talks to join the project.
The report states that things are still in the early stages of development, and nothing is set in stone yet.
Lindelof is a big fan of Watchmen, first reading it as a kid in the ’80s, and the comic has inspired his writing ever since. He talked about this back in 2009 with CBR, saying:
“From the flashbacks to the nonlinear storytelling to the deeply flawed heroes, these are all elements that I try to put into everything I write.”
Lindelof also talked Watchmen gaining popularity beyond fans of the original comic with Observer in ’09, saying:
“There’s a little bit about that feeling of Watchmen, in terms of the fans, it’s like, I don’t really know if I want it to go mainstream. It’s like if you discover a band in college and you can go and see them and you can be right up against the stage and you kind of know the members of the band on a first-name basis and you can have beers with them after the show and then they break. And now they have a single on the radio and everybody is listening to them and now you have to buy a ticket to go see them in a coliseum…I want to keep it sort of insular. It’s okay with me if people don’t understand it because they don’t deserve to understand it.”
So if a deal does get sealed in ink, it’s likely at least partly due to Lindelof not trusting most others to do it. Or his views on its popularity have eased a bit in the past eight years.
This isn’t the only Watchmen project in the works, either. Just last month we found out about a new comic book miniseries that will bring together the worlds of Watchmen and DC Comics.
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