What tougher property is there in the graphic novel work to adapt than “Watchmen?” Long considered to be impossible to film, Zack Snyder has so far been the only one to successful get before cameras. Years were spent where plenty of A-list filmmakers attempted to crack the code. Most thought it couldn’t done, or needed to be done as a miniseries. Snyder made a faithful movie that divided everyone. Now, Damon Lindelof is getting a shot at it, with a pilot at HBO in the works. Not only that, we now know some of the cast members who will be a part of this potential series.
Variety is reporting that Regina King will be the lead for Lindelof. In addition to King, Adelaide Clemens, Louis Gossett Jr., Andrew Howard, Don Johnson, and Tim Blake Nelson will be on hand. This version of “Watchmen” will supposedly be a remix of the story created by Alan Moore. Set in the present day, it likely will deal with the issues of modern times, filtered through superheroes. So, instead of Richard Nixon, Donald Trump could be hovering over everyone’s heads. We’ll see. At the moment, we just know that a nicely diverse cast is going to play in this sandbox.
Here are some details:
Regina King, Don Johnson, Tim Blake Nelson, Louis Gossett Jr., Adelaide Clemens, and Andrew Howard will all appear in the series, with King in the lead role. King previously appeared on “The Leftovers,” the HBO drama series co-created by Lindelof and Tom Perrotta, based on Perrotta’s novel of the same name.
The exact details of their characters are being kept under wraps. Lindelof on Tuesday posted a letter to fans in which he laid out his vision for the series, which he said will not be a re-telling of the story from the original graphic novel, but rather a new story in the same world with new characters set in the present day.
“Some of the characters will be unknown,” he said. “New faces. New masks to cover them. We also intend to revisit the past century of Costumed Adventuring through a surprising yet familiar set of eyes…and it is here we will be taking our greatest risks.”
“Watchmen” is an iconic property, so all eyes will be on Lindelof here. HBO is a great home for the story, so if it’s done well, they’ll have a gigantic hit on their hands. Time will tell. For now, there’s early reason to be optimistic.