HBO in Preliminary Talks with Zack Snyder for ‘Watchmen’ Superhero Series

The Watchman HBO
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HBO is in early talks with Zack Snyder to develop a “Watchmen” television series, based on the superhero comic book series from DC Comics, Variety has confirmed with the network. Snyder directed the 2009 film adaptation of “Watchmen.”

“Preliminary discussions regarding ‘Watchmen’ have occurred but we have no additional information and no deals are in place,” HBO said in a statement Thursday.

Warner Bros., which owns DC Entertainment, declined to comment, though insiders confirm the studio would be involved in the potential project.

Other than Snyder meeting with the premium cabler to discuss adapting the DC property for TV, any storyline details are being kept under wraps, and no writer or other auspices have been attached. There’s currently no word on whether the series would be a prequel, sequel or new take on “Watchmen.”

Should the project (first reported by Collider) continue, HBO’s “Watchmen” would mark Snyder’s first big foray into television.

The director/writer/producer, who wrote and directed “Sucker Punch” and “300,” is at the helm of the upcoming “Justice League” pair of films, and will produce Gal Gadot’s big screen “Wonder Woman” in 2017 as well as Jason Momoa’s “Aquaman” in 2018. He also directed Henry Cavill’s Superman pic “Man of Steel” and is an exec producer on the hotly anticipated “Suicide Squad,” which hits theaters Aug. 5.

The 2009 “Watchmen” movie — which starred Jackie Earle Haley, Malin Akerman, Billy Crudup, Matthew Goode, Carla Gugino, Jeffrey Dean Morgan and Patrick Wilson — opened big, but sank quickly, indicating that only comic book fans ran to theaters.

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  1. Jordash Whillowhacker says:

    P.S. Just re-read Richard’s comment. Couldn’t have said it better myself as you can see.

  2. Jordash Whillowhacker says:

    Please do not do that. This story is amazing, the movie is great. A tv series will try to stretch it out with unnecessary filler and drama watering down a brilliant piece of work…. There is no Statue of David the series. Can’t we just keep watchmen what it is. This kind of mindlessly rationing parts of a story to make extra money while trying to stretch the plot by adding sitcom and soap opera stuff has already ruined too much good entertainment.

  3. Danny says:

    Heck yes everybody loves this movie people were unsure about it until they saw it…. I crave this

  4. pseudojym says:

    holycraapp. yes, so much yes. sounds deeeelish

  5. What? Not enough blue cock the first time around?

  6. It couldn’t be a prequel or a sequel. There is no sequel material: that’s the entire story arc in the movie. The entire Watchmen universe was invented to tell that story. If you don’t get it, then you don’t get it, but in any case there’s no more story to tell. Granted, the movie diverges from the comics in significant ways, but the essence of the plot is identical, and the message is possibly told even better. Aside from the origin stories of each of the Watchmen (which made up half the comics), there is no prequel material either. The movie already went into all the details about each character that was relevant, and honestly the rest of the origin story stuff was only written as filler because Alan Moore couldn’t come up with the contractually-obliged 12 issues.

    It could only be a re-telling of the same plot. Anything else would be drivel. I predict such a series will fall flat either way. As intrigued as people might be about the Watchmen story, there’s really no way to capitalize on that in terms of more filming. It was done. It was done WELL, and it doesn’t need to be done again.

    • Adam says:

      Actually about 4 years ago DC/Vertigo began putting out new ‘Watchmen’ comics. Alan Moore wasn’t involved of course, but I believe Dave Gibbons was. I think HBO could easily do a prequel series as there was just so much there that was quickly glanced over in both the original comic series and the movie involving the Minute Men and various other characters.

    • Ashton says:

      A remake actually wouldnt be bad if it was a five to nine episode well made mini series that went deeper into the watchmen universe and laid it out. And then everything would be on the table, so it wouldn’t be taken the way the critics did for the watchmen film. I think it was just watched by too many people who hadnt read the novel first. What would really help is if for this series they actually used the back ground info from the old night owl’s “tell all”

  7. RorschachBabe91 says:

    I hope they bring Jackie Earle Haley back for this!!!

  8. cadavra says:

    Live-action or animated?

  9. Oh, no! WATCHMEN is over-rated, pretentious leftist junk. Innovation does not equal great art.

    • Tim says:

      Some feel that way but for me it’s the greatest super hero movie ever since Superman 1 an 2 in the 70’s

    • lindsey says:

      The movie is mediocre but the graphic novel is a masterpiece. Can you name any “rightist” work of comic art that anyone cares about?

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