HBO is branching out into the DC world. The network has just ordered a pilot for Damon Lindelof’s (“The Leftovers”) new take on “Watchmen.” According to THR, Lindelof has already opened the writers room to begin work on additional scripts for the project, which HBO also commissioned.
For Lindelof, the “Watchmen” TV adaptation is a labor of love harkening back to a childhood love for DC comics. He told the Observer he loved Zack Snyder’s film “Watchmen,” praising the director for his faithfulness to the comic canon. He said at the time he “[wants] to keep [Watchmen] sort of insular…It’s OK with me if people don’t understand it because they don’t deserve to understand it.” Snyder is no longer attached to the TV project, so the “Watchmen” TV series will be Lindelof’s baby this time around.
“Watchmen” was first published in 1986 as a graphic novel by Alan Moore, artist Dave Gibbons and colorist John Higgins, which was quickly collected by DC Comics in 1987. “Watchmen” follows a group of “Minutemen” fighters in an alternate world where superheroes exist, but are outlawed from meting out justice. An impending World War III and deep-seeded government conspiracy (Watergate, which never got busted) threaten humanity’s survival; but the murder of a government-approved superhero brings the Minutemen out of retirement and into a battle for truth and justice.
Lindelof is known for his work in the TV and film worlds, co-creating hit ABC show “Lost,” writing the screenplays for “World War Z,” “Star Trek Into Darkness,” “Tomorrowland” and “Prometheus.” His show “The Leftovers” wrapped after three seasons on HBO, leaving him open to pursue the “Watchmen” project. For their part, HBO is seeking a new hit project as “Game of Thrones” marches closer to its 2019 end date. Most major networks have their own comic book shows, leaving HBO as the odd one out until now. Here’s hoping Lindelof can match Snyder’s much beloved take on the DC story.
No casting details have been released.