While Alan Moore will likely never watch and hate whatever HBO does with their upcoming ‘Watchmen‘ television series, his co-creator Dave Gibbons is very excited for what is being put together. In fact, he stated that the concept is, “exciting, entertaining and worthwhile.” This is strong praise for someone who hasn’t been too positive on what DC has done with their creation after their initial work was released.
Gibbons even partially addresses his previous thoughts saying:
“The original is something that we always saw as standing alone and it never in our mind required prequels or sequels or homages or pastiches or anything like that. It isn’t that we thought it should be treated with great reverence, it’s just that we thought: If you’ve done something right just leave it alone.”
While fans, critics, and creators alike haven’t all loved ‘Before Watchmen’ or what DC is currently doing with the characters, not every new visit to this world is necessarily a bad thing:
“I think as happens with all works that are around long enough and are successful enough, that people do want to explore things further. As far as this new one, TV clearly is the medium of the moment. It’s where the preeminent and most exciting areas for telling stories of the moment. The fact that Damon Lindelof has found a way to bring Watchmen into that area and do it with something I consider exciting, entertaining and absolutely worthwhile on the subject matter? I think that’s great.”
While Gibbons can’t inform viewers of exactly what to expect due to filming not being completed and for not wanting to spoil the show for audiences, he does give this tease:
“It does pursue the idea of an alternative reality. And that’s essentially what Watchmen was [in its original comics form], an alternate-reality story. I think what’s happening with the TV version is it presents yet another variation. And while I’ve only read the screenplay — and I can’t speak to the tone or the way the things been shot — I’d say the reality it inhabits is one that feels quite authentic. It’s not here; it’s not now, it’s something slightly sideways.”
Damon Lindelof has already made it clear that the ‘Watchmen’ he is developing seems to fit that exact kind of a world. I was already excited about the series but to know that even one of the co-creators of ‘Watchmen’ is excited for this one means we might be in for something special.
Are you as excited for ‘Watchmen’ as we are? Does Dave Gibbons praising of the script have you interested in what we’ll end up seeing on HBO or are you still neutral on the television series? Share your thoughts in the comments below!
Source: Deadline Hollywood