A couple years ago we heard about a live-action ‘Watchmen‘ series landing on HBO with with news of an R-Rated animated featured in the works that idea seemed to be scrubbed. Thankfully, not only is it still happening but Damon Lindelof of ‘Lost‘ fame is probably bringing the series to life. Clearly, the network has been enjoying working with him on ‘The Leftovers’ and would like to see him creating another series.
Not only is Lindelof most likely helming the series but Zack Snyder who directed the 2009 film is no longer attached to the project. While many of us loved the movie, even with the changed ending, Snyder has lost a lot of fans in recent years with his handling of the DCEU, so this isn’t necessarily bad news. That being said, it is doubtful that Alan Moore will have changed his mind about a new adaptation of his work and is probably already speaking strongly against this having any chance of being a quality series.
The deal is not set in stone as the papers haven’t been signed and the show is still in pre-development but insiders are saying that it is unlikely anything that will prevent it from happening. At this time both HBO and Warner Brothers Television haven’t commented on the deal but likely wouldn’t until it was on paper.
An interview with Comic Book Resources which happened before Snyder’s film was released shows that Lindelof has long been a huge fan of the series:
“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.”
With ‘Game of Thrones’ and ‘The Leftovers’ coming to a close the network needs new properties. Yes, the multiple Thrones spinoffs will help, but a project like this can have the darker and edgy vibe which HBO has often been known for and would appeal to comic and non-comic fans alike.
Would you want to see Lindelof’s take on ‘Watchmen’ if it was on HBO? Is this a series that would be fun to watch or should the network invest in original property instead? Share your thoughts below!