It’s Official: HBO ‘Watchmen’ in Development From Damon Lindelof
Who watches the Watchmen? Everyone with an HBO account, if Damon Lindelof has his way. The former LOST and Leftovers boss is officially in talks to helm a new TV series version of the Alan Moore classic, and Zack Snyder is nowhere near it.
It was two years ago that Watchmen film director Snyder was reported as attached to some HBO iteration of the graphic novel, though The Hollywood Reporter now relays that Lindelof is in early talks to shepherd a new project, absent Snyder. As with the prior report, it remains unclear if HBO’s Watchmen would adapt the 1986 comic as a miniseries, draw from 2012 DC printing Before Watchmen, or tell its own story.
For those unfamiliar with Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons’ original 1986 work, Watchmen explored a world in which the emergence of costumed heroes (and one super-powered being) radically altered history, while the murder of a retired hero reunites said heroes to unravel a doomsday plot. Snyder’s 2009 film finished decades of attempts to adapt the material, and starred Malin Akerman, Patrick Wilson, Matthew Goode, Billy Crudup, Jackie Earle Haley, and Jeffrey Dean Morgan.
Lindelof certainly has the post-Leftovers capital to take on such an ambitious project, but what might a Watchmen TV series look like?