Damon Lindelof to Adapt Watchmen Series for HBO


Although Zack Snyder’s Watchmen was generally well-received back in 2009 and is still held by many to be his finest work to date, fans of the original comic series by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons have always had some reservations about it. Many feel that Snyder failed to embrace the underlying subtext of the film and that even the 3 hour 35 minute Ultimate Cut was missing key elements from the graphic novel. So when it was revealed a couple of years ago that HBO was looking to adapt it as a TV series instead, it seemed like an opportunity to finally get it right. Now they’ve got an intriguing potential showrunner lined up that is sure to get people talking. Hit the jump for more info.

According to Variety, Damon Lindelof is currently in talks to develop Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons’ Watchmen as a TV series for HBO. He will reportedly start from scratch on the project as opposed to continuing any work that was done previously. Zack Snyder was assisting with their original attempt to adapt the graphic novel back in 2014, but he no longer appears to be involved.

Some of Lindelof’s previous work has been pretty divisive (specifically, Lost and Prometheus) but The Leftovers just wrapped up its final season to critical acclaim. That being said, there are still plenty of things we don’t know about the project including whether or not this would be a single season mini-series or something more. In 2012, DC published a series of prequel comics called Before Watchmen, which means there is more source material to be mined although many fans will no doubt bristle at the thought. Do you have any interest in a Watchmen TV series?

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    I’m just excited to see what Lindelof makes next, since I loved Lost and The Leftovers. Would be awesome to have him back on tv again so soon! ????