Damon Lindelof is coming off of the amazing series The Leftovers and going straight into graphic novel history. He is taking on Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons’ Watchmen with an all star cast. And, Deadline announced Friday that he’s officially bringing it to HBO.
In a letter to fans, Lindelof let his intent be clear. He said that the Watchmen “series is not an adaptation of the 12 issues of the comic but an original story that remixes them.” This is exciting, and could give the series a longevity and energy that fans can embrace. We’ve already been given a movie, but as any fan of the comic knows, there’s just no way to cover the complexities of the story in a 2 hour format. Lindelof is a skilled storyteller with a bend toward the strange and dark. Who better to take on the Watchmen universe?
The pilot episode has already been made, written by Lindelof and directed by Nicole Kassell. HBO is raving about it. HBO’s president of programming said “I have very, very high hopes,” of the series, having seen the first episode.
Watchmen stars Jeremy Irons, Regina King, Don Johnson, Tim Blake Nelson, Louis Gossett Jr., Adelaide Clemens, Andrew Howard, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Tom Mison, Frances Fisher, Jacob Ming-Trent, Sara Vickers, Dylan Schombing, Lily Rose Smith and Adelynn Spoon.
Production on the rest of the series’ first season is set to start soon and the show will premiere on HBO in 2019.