Damon Lindelof to Develop ‘Watchmen’ for HBO

Damon Lindelof to Develop 'Watchmen' for
Courtesy of DC Comics

Looks like Damon Lindelof may be going back to work for HBO.

Fresh off the critically acclaimed series finale of “The Leftovers,” Lindelof is in talks to develop an adaptation of the comic book series “Watchmen” to the cabler.

This will be HBO’s second attempt at developing a series based on the landmark DC Comics miniseries by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons. The premium channel had kicked the tires on a “Watchmen” project in 2014. Sources say Lindelof’s take on the series would be starting over from scratch independent of that effort.

Premiering in 1985, “Watchmen” was a serious-minded deconstruction of superhero comics loosely inspired by characters from the Charlton Comics library, which were owned by DC. Set in a universe in which the appearance of costumed heroes in the mid-20th Century had altered the course of history — leading to U.S. victory in Vietnam and a Nixon presidency that stretched into the mid-1980s — “Watchmen” followed a group of crimefighters investigating the murder of one of their own. In the process, those characters — including Doctor Manhattan, Nite Owl, Silk Spectre, and Rorschach — uncover a conspiracy with enormous implications.

HBO declined to comment on the project.

“Watchmen” was adapted into a feature film produced by Warner Bros. and directed by Zack Snyder in 2009. No deal is yet in place for the HBO project, which will be unrelated to that movie produced by Warner Bros. Television, where Lindelof is under an overall deal.

 

 

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  1. Spengler says:

    Watchmen works better in episodes, but this Lindelof hack in the project scares me. The guy that work on Cowboys & Aliens, Prometheus, Star Trek Into Darkness and Tomorrowland fails, can’t do this right.

  2. Kush says:

    I’m sure Damon can take Watchmen to 10 seasons without breaking a sweat.

  3. Bill Clay says:

    The long standing wisdom was that Watchmen could never be filmed for a mass audience. And the underwhelming box office of the feature film proved that point. Zack Snyder literally recreated the printed page on the movie screen and audiences still yawned.

  4. James says:

    Absolutely brilliant news. I really hope this happens, the source material would work great as a series. I have total faith in Lindelof after The Leftovers, hope they surround him again with such strong collaborating writers and directors.

  5. Rorschach says:

    Snyder’s film was completely faithful to the comic and it was pretty darn good. We can stream it any time we like.

    Watchmen is a closed story that can be told in a few hours.

    Watchmen was an overhyped mess of a comic book that got lucky to have come out in the era of Frank Miller’s The Dark Knight Returns. It was never meant to be a mass product.

    So…

    …why make it into a television series? I must be missing something.

  6. Mark says:

    NOOOOO!!!! Hire a writer, please! Put someone with talent in charge!!!!

    Or stop it all together. No one cares about a cheap knock off of The Incredibles.

  7. magusjanus says:

    This is the worst idea. Why give a hack the most cherished comic book miniseries? Is Hbo clueless to how much fanbase hates Lindelof?

  8. JS says:

    Et alius quis custodiet ipsos custodes?

  9. lindsey says:

    oh cool he’s the go to guy when you want to kill an IP with unadulterated hackery

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