Damon Lindelof Circling Watchmen Series at HBO

Now, Rorschach, Doctor Manhattan and the rest of the gang are about to find themselves in the spotlight once again, as HBO is working with Damon Lindelof to put together a Watchmen TV series.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the deal is still very much in its early stages, with nothing official/set in stone, but-clearly-a lot of excitement.

Lindelof originally read the comics as a kid in the 1980s and has said that the series continues to influence his work. Back in 2009 Zack Snyder directed the hotly debated film adaptation before being briefly attached to the HBO iteration in 2015. "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". A movie version of Watchmen was hovering around development hell for almost 20 years until Zack Snyder finally brought his slow motion-filled adaptation to the big screen in 2009, and reports Snyder was approached to develop a TV series about the antiheroes for HBO were revealed in 2015.

First published in 1986 and collected in 1987, Watchmen was created by Moore, artist Dave Gibbons and colorist John Higgins. The only comicbook recognized by Time as one of The 100 Best Novels in publication since 1923, the critically acclaimed series is now getting its own television adaptation on HBO. Could we see any of the recent Beyond Watchmen comic book series in there, perhaps? The film, produced by Warner Bros. The film was met with middling reviews (though it is Fresh on Rotten Tomatoes) and only grossed $185.3 million worldwide on a $130 million budget. THR reports Lindelof in talks to develop reteam with the premium streaming network to develop a new incarnation of their Watchmen series. AMC has found success with The Walking Dead and Preacher, while FX has Noah Hawley's X-Men take Legion, which is already renewed for a second season.

For his part, Lindelof has always been a vocal fan of both the Watchmen comic book.

  • Salvatore Jensen