Updated: Work Starts On Damon Lindelof’s ‘Watchmen’ Series For HBO

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20 Sep 17
Work Starts On Damon Lindelof's 'Watchmen' Series For HBO

Work Starts On Damon Lindelof’s ‘Watchmen’ Series For HBO

Back in June, we learned that ‘The Leftovers’ creator, Damon Lindelof, had his sights set on Alan Moore & Dave Gibbons critically acclaimed graphic novel ‘Watchmen’ as his next project. Now it seems the work is beginning, as Lindelof posted the following to his Instagram:

Day One.

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Those of you who are fans of the book will recognise the statue as the one given to the original Nite Owl, Hollis Mason, when he retired. Lindelof’s post seems to imply the start of writing the series, although he didn’t expand on anything other than adding “Day One” as a caption.

Moore & Gibbons’s seminal graphic novel is set in an alternate reality where the arrival of costumed heroes have altered history, changing events like the Vietnam War and Nixon’s presidency. The story is set in the 1980’s, at a time when heroes have been mostly outlawed, except a few who are sanctioned by the government. Doctor Manhattan, the only hero with actual superpowers (rather than just a natty mask/cape combo), has given the US a massive advantage over the USSR. Unfortunately, that has only managed to raise tensions between the two superpowers… Meanwhile, someone has started to bump off ex-heroes, leading vigilante Rorschach to investigate and contact his old teammates. What they uncover is a conspiracy which could change the world as they know it.

This is not the first time ‘Watchmen’ has been brought to the screen. Zack Snyder had a pretty good stab at a movie version back in 2009, but the story is so vast and layered, a long-form tv format seems to be a much better fit for an adaptation.

There’s no news on casting yet, or when (or if) ‘Watchmen’ will make it to screen, but we will definitely be following the project closely!

UPDATE: News dropped late yesterday that HBO has officially ordered a pilot of the show, and ‘backup scripts’, i.e. additional scripts that can be used to jump-start production should the pilot go down well.