TV 'Watchmen' TV Series for HBO is in early development

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'Watchmen' TV Series From Damon Lindelof in the Works at HBO
June 20, 2017 4:30pm PT by Lesley Goldberg


The potential project would be based on the Alan Moore comic series, Zack Snyder — who directed the 2009 feature film — is no longer on board.

The potential project would be based on the Alan Moore comic series, Zack Snyder — who directed the 2009 feature film — is no longer on board.

DC Comics favorite Watchmen may be headed for the small screen.

Fresh off of critical favorite The Leftovers, Damon Lindelof is in talks for a potential Watchmen TV series for HBO. Sources tell The Hollywood Reporter that the project is in the early development stages. An official deal is not yet in place. Representatives for HBO and producers Warner Bros. Television declined comment.

Lindelof originally read the comics as a kid in the 1980s and has said that the series continues to influence his work. "From the flashbacks to the nonlinear storytelling to the deeply flawed heroes, these are all elements that I try to put into everything I write," he told CBR in 2009 ahead of the feature film take. He's read Watchmen multiple times and, at the time, praised director Zack Snyder's film. "It's the most married-to-the-original-text version of Watchmen that could've been made," he told the Observer. "I want to keep it sort of insular," he said, referring to the multiple translations that have come from trying to translate the source material. "It's OK with me if people don't understand it because they don't deserve to understand it."

Snyder, who directed the 2009 feature film adaptation of Alan Moore's beloved comic series, is no longer attached to the drama from Warner Bros. Television, where both DC Entertainment and Lindelof are housed.

First published in 1986 and collected in 1987, Watchmen was created by Moore, artist Dave Gibbons and colorist John Higgins. The series is included as one of the 100 best novels from Time magazine. Rumors of HBO tackling Watchmen first surfaced in 2015 when the cabler noted it was in preliminary discussions for a TV take on the property.

Snyder, who was briefly attached to the HBO project in 2015, adapted the comic and brought the title's "Minutemen" crime fighters to the big screen in 2009 with Jackie Earle Haley, Malin Akerman, Billy Crudup, Matthew Goode, Carla Gugino, Jeffrey Dean Morgan and Patrick Wilson starring. The film, produced by Warner Bros. Pictures with a $130 million production budget, grossed a disappointing $107.5 million domestically and $185.3 million worldwide.

A Watchmen TV series would further expand the premium cable network's place in the comic book business and offer a potential heir apparent to fantasy drama Game of Thrones, which has 15 total episodes over two seasons remaining. AMC has found success with The Walking Dead and Preacher, while FX has Noah Hawley's X-Men take Legion, which is already renewed for a second season. The comic book expansion has gone far beyond broadcast after ABC, The CW and Fox found success with DC and Marvel fare including Agents of SHIELD, The Flash, Arrow, Supergirl, Legends of Tomorrow and Gotham, among others. Hulu recently picked up Marvel's The Runaways, Freeform has New Warriors and ABC next has The Inhumans as well as another season of Agents of SHIELD as Marvel continues to have multiple series in the works at Netflix.

For Lindelof, Watchmen would arrive after The Leftovers, based on the book of the same name, recently wrapped its three-season run on HBO. The Lost alum is repped by CAA and Myman Greenspan.

Moore, meanwhile, announced his retirement from comic books in September, noting that "I think I have done enough for comics. I've done all that I can." On the big screen, Moore's work has been adapted into features From Hell, The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, V for Vendetta andBatman: The Killing Joke. On the TV side, Fox tried in 2013 to adapt Gentlemen for the small screen. The drama did not move beyond the development stage.

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JoeyDVDZ

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I wonder how badly they're gonna fuck this up.
 

ruckstande

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I wonder how badly they're gonna fuck this up.
It's going to be hard seeing many of the characters from the film played differently. Jeffrey Dean Morgan was perfect for the comedian.
 

Radioguy

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The film should have spawned a CU. It was so much better than many of the genre films today.
 

LiddyRules

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Why? The movie was fine. Not everything has to be remade into oblivion. The only thing that interests me about the project is Lindelof as showrunner.
 

ruckstande

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Why? The movie was fine. Not everything has to be remade into oblivion. The only thing that interests me about the project is Lindelof as showrunner.
I don't believe it should either, I'm only consoled by the fact it's probably going to get decent HBO treatment.
 

LiddyRules

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I don't believe it should either, I'm only consoled by the fact it's probably going to get decent HBO treatment.
I don't know if that's necessarily a good thing. The reason why Watchmen is still one of my favorite comic book movies of all time is because it tells a complete story. If you can capture something in a movie length, a full series that goes on year after year might end up being overkill. If an element doesn't work or looks cheap, then it'll seem like a poor recreation of the film. If things are stretched out, it'll take away from a major selling point of the book.

There are plenty of other comic properties they can use for a project like this that have never been made into a live action film and can allow for more experimentation as Watchmen.
 

ruckstande

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I don't know if that's necessarily a good thing. The reason why Watchmen is still one of my favorite comic book movies of all time is because it tells a complete story. If you can capture something in a movie length, a full series that goes on year after year might end up being overkill. If an element doesn't work or looks cheap, then it'll seem like a poor recreation of the film. If things are stretched out, it'll take away from a major selling point of the book.

There are plenty of other comic properties they can use for a project like this that have never been made into a live action film and can allow for more experimentation as Watchmen.
Perhaps it will be based on the original masked heroes.
 

Pigdango

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The only thing that could really be improved on was the ending, and my gut feeling is they'll keep the movie ending or something similar. This is completely pointless.
 

ChimneyFish

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There are plenty of other comic properties they can use for a project like this that have never been made into a live action film and can allow for more experimentation as Watchmen.
<coughs> Sandman </coughs>

Unlike The Watchmen, it has a ton of material to be mined for a multiple season show.
Plus the fact that you're just not going to be able to cast a better Comedian than Jeffrey Dean Morgan. I don't believe it's possible, so you start at a disadvantage.
When I first saw that casting, it was like somebody got chocolate in my peanut butter.
 

LiddyRules

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<coughs> Sandman </coughs>

Unlike The Watchmen, it has a ton of material to be mined for a multiple season show.
Plus the fact that you're just not going to be able to cast a better Comedian than Jeffrey Dean Morgan. I don't believe it's possible, so you start at a disadvantage.
Yes to all of this. Morgan was so great in the role. We know the story, and its one book format is what makes it work, only getting to see this alternate universe through their eyes. And I guess you can say they made a series of Man in the High Castle, but I consider that different because it's a lot more open-ended than Watchmen. And there are elements of the story that would be weird to actually see - like the captured artists.

There are plenty of other graphic novels that came after Watchmen that attempt to do the same deconstructionist hero thing, and I'm sure a lot of those have more issues and a larger mythology. Take one of those and make it your own.

I still don't know if Sandman would work in live action, but after The Leftovers, I'd trust Lindelof to give it a shot.
 

Bobobie

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Start the first episode right after the movie and take it from there. Don't do a reboot or retelling.
 

BIV

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Irons is seemingly Ozy. I can't think of a show I should be predisposed to hate but am ridiculously excited about.
I'm cautiously optimistic. HBO makes a good product and I like the look so far. Not being a prequel also helps.
 

HandPanzer

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My expectations are low enough where if they're able to put together something competent I'll consider it a win.
 

BIV

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My expectations are low enough where if they're able to put together something competent I'll consider it a win.
That's not unfair, but if recent experience is any example, it'll be good for 2-3 seasons then go downhill fast.
 

Pigdango

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My expectations are low enough where if they're able to put together something competent I'll consider it a win.
Mine are so low that I don’t believe that’s even possible. I’m not even sure I would believe anyone if they told me it was good and I should check it out.
 

LiddyRules

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That's not unfair, but if recent experience is any example, it'll be good for 2-3 seasons then go downhill fast.
Leftovers only lasted three seasons. So let's see if it even gets to S4 before worrying.
 

LiddyRules

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Mine are so low that I don’t believe that’s even possible. I’m not even sure I would believe anyone if they told me it was good and I should check it out.
What if I said it was good, but referenced The Leftovers score every time I did?
 

Pigdango

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What if I said it was good, but referenced The Leftovers score every time I did?
I would probably trust @DiggerNick ’s opinion on this first, as you’ve already decided it’s great because of some completely unrelated show.
 
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