HBO has finally ordered the Watchmen TV show after the pilot order in 2017. Damon Lindelof’s take on the graphic novel speculated a series order for the network. A 2019 premiere is in mind for the series.
The series will not be an adaption of the graphic novel by Alan Moore. Zack Snyder already made a movie adaptation of Watchmen in 2009 with the same name. Instead, Lindelof has stated that his show will be a “remix” of the material. In this “remix”, many of the characters will be intact.
Most of the cast has already been announced for this show. The show will include Regina King; Jeremy Irons; Don Johnson; Tim Blake Nelson; Louis Gossett Jr.; and others.
The show comes to HBO when the network is looking towards the future of their partnership with AT&T, and without Game of Thrones. J.J. Abrams’ Demimonde, Jordan Peele and Misha Green’s Lovecraft Country, Joss Whedon’s The Nevers and Zendaya-starrer Euphoria are other projects that have received series orders on HBO.
HBO has given the following description to the series: “Set in an alternate history where ‘superheroes’ are treated as outlaws, Watchmen embraces the nostalgia of the original groundbreaking graphic novel while attempting to break new ground of its own.”
Why “Remix” Watchmen?
Lindelof explains why he chose to go a new direction with the famous graphic novel in an open letter to the fans. He even addressed Moore’s famous distaste for other people taking liberties with his work.
“First and foremost, if you are angry that I’m working on Watchmen, I am sorry,” he writes at one point in the letter, which explains both his history with the comic book series and his ambivalence in bringing it to the small screen. “I have an immense amount of respect for Alan Moore. He is an extraordinary talent of mythic proportion. I wrote him a letter, parts of which are not dissimilar to this one, because I owed him an explanation as to why I’m defying his wishes [in working on the series].”
Lindelof ranks as executive producer and writer on the show. Nicole Kassell is joining him as pilot director and executive producer, along with Tom Spezialy, Stephen Williams, and Joseph Iberti.