Damon Lindelof in Talks to Bring Watchmen to HBO
Who watches the Watchmen? All of us. All of us will watch them. On HBO. We’re not talking about the 2009 film adaptation of the graphic novel either. Damon Lindelof (The Leftovers, Lost) is currently in talks with HBO to adapt the 1985 comic series as a television series.
This will be HBO’s second attempt to bring Watchmen to the small screen — they tried unsuccessfully back in 2014 and has been in limbo until now. According to Variety’s sources, Lindelof is restarting the project from scratch.
Watchmen first appeared on the book shelves in 1985. A miniseries created by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons, Watchmen was a bleak and nihilistic deconstruction of superhero comics loosely based on properties own by DC Comics. The story takes place within a world in which costumed heroes altered the course of history — the U.S. was victorious in Vietnam, and Nixon’s presidency stretched well into the 1980s. A group of crimefighters investigate the murder of one of their own, which leads them to a much darker truth than they anticipated. Characters include Doctor Manhattan (the only real-life super hero), Nite Owl, Silk Spectre, and Rorschach.