We’ve been covering Damon Lindelof‘s take on ‘Watchmen’ since it was first announced and now are happy to tell you that HBO has officially ordered a season of the series. When the pilot was initially ordered in 2017, we were all sure it would get a series order, and now it has with a likely 2019 release date.
The series is being put together by Lindelof’s White Rabbit in association with Warner Bros. Television and will be based upon the world of ‘Watchmen’ which was created by Alan Moore but will not be an adaptation as was already done in Zack Snyder’s 2009 film. Specifically, Lindelof has stated that they are “not adapting Watchmen” and that they aren’t “making a “sequel” either. The idea they’ve pitched is that “This story will be set in the world its creators painstakingly built…but in the tradition of the work that inspired it, this new story must be original.” The series has hinted that while we may see some of the original characters appear that this would take place after the events from the graphic novel or movie but still tell the same type of story.
However, it is hinted that the original characters are being recast if rumors hold true so don’t expect Patrick Wilson to reprise his role as Nite Owl or any of the rest of Snyder’s cast to be making a cameo.
‘Watchmen’ is joining an entirely new slate of programming which HBO is pushing for to likely try and fill the void that ‘Game of Thrones’ will leave in their programming. These shows include the first ‘Game of Thrones’ spinoff, J.J. Abrams’ ‘Demimonde,’ Jordan Peele and Misha Green’s ‘Lovecraft Country,’ Joss Whedon’s ‘The Nevers’, and ‘Euphoria.’
Are you excited to check out this new take on ‘Watchmen’? What plot points from the comic do you hope they address while pushing forward an entirely new story? Share your thoughts below!
— HBO (@HBO) August 17, 2018
Source: The Hollywood Reporter