Alan Moore’s ‘Watchmen’ being turned into an HBO series by Damon Lindelof
As HBO prepares to wind down one very popular fantasy adaptation, now comes word of another: Alan Moore's much-loved 1986/1987 comic series Watchmen, which has already had a so-so big-screen adaptation in 2009 by Zak Snyder. Helming the television series of Watchmen will be Damon Lindelof, who was the co-creator of HBO's excellent The Leftovers, and before that ABC's Lost. More from The Hollywood Reporter:
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 Comic Book Resources in 2009 ahead of the feature-film take. Lindelof has 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."
The Hollywood Reporter also notes that no official deal is in place yet, and that HBO declined to comment. Alan Moore's work has proved difficult to translate to the screen (see The League of Extraordinary Gentleman and V for Vendetta), and the author (who retired from comics last year) hasn't been a fan of any of the adaptations (or even the idea of adapting his work). But if it's gonna be turned into a series, you could do much worse than HBO and Lindelof. Stay tuned.