‘Watchmen’ Ordered to Series at HBO

Angelo Anderson
August 18, 2018

The series is slated to debut in 2019.

Damon Lindelof's highly-anticipated Watchmen project has officially landed a series order at HBO. The same is true of Watchmen, the beloved 12-issue miniseries by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons that became arguably the most celebrated comic book of all time, spawned a film adaptation, a set of prequel miniseries and the still-ongoing DC Comics event Doomsday Clock. (Hap and Leonard), Tim Blake Nelson (Colossal), Adelaide Clemens (Rectify), Andrew Howard (Bates Motel), Frances Fisher (Masters of Sex), Jacob Ming-Trent (White Famous), Yahya Abdul-Mateen II (The Handmaid's Tale), Sara Vickers (The Crown), and Tom Mison (Sleepy Hollow).

Like the original graphic novel, this will be set in an alternate timeline where superheroes are basically vigilantes - more often than not, everymen with silly costume gimmicks that border on the ridiculous.

Lindelof will oversee writing duties and serve as an EP alongside Nicole Kassell, Tom Spezialy, Stephen Williams and Joseph Iberti. Along with the news that the show would progress to series, HBO released the show's synopsis. That is in keeping with the letter Lindelof posted for fans back in May in which he stated that the show will not be a re-telling of the story from the graphic novel, but rather a new story in the same world with new characters set in the present day.

The show comes from Damon Lindelof, the man behind Lost and The Leftovers so that's already a good sign.

Long considered "unfilmable", Watchmen was nevertheless adapted by director Zack Snyder as a 2009 feature that, while largely faithful to the source material, proved polarizing with critics and audiences alike. Television and is based on the DC Comics characters.

"Some of the characters will be unknown", Lindelof wrote. "New faces. New masks to cover them".

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