Damon Lindelof Will Develop ‘Watchmen’ For HBO

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Leftovers Creator Moves To Watchmen Series

Watchmen | Photo Credit Variety

After the critically acclaimed series, The Leftovers, which literally got better and better scores on IMDB each season, creator Damon Lindelof is looking at bringing the Watchmen series to cable.

This is actually the network’s second attempt at developing a series based around the DC Comics miniseries from Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons. The first attempt was back in 2014, but Lindelof will be starting from scratch.

Watchman was adapted to a film in 2009 from Zack Snyder (Batman Vs. Superman), and while no deal is in place yet, it’s unlikely that the series will be related to the Warner Brothers film.

Watchmen Premiered In 1985, Historical Fiction

Watchmen | Photo Credit Warner Brothers

Variety writes:

“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.”

Director Wants To Keep Series Inclusive

The Hollywood Reporter writes:

“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. It’s OK with me if people don’t understand it because they don’t deserve to understand it.”

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