For those that have been patiently waiting for more news regarding HBO’s Watchmen TV series since we broke the news a few months back, we finally have some good news for you. Damon Lindelof, known for his work on Lost, Prometheus, and most recently The Leftovers has been named as the showrunner for the series. Although this is not HBO’s first attempt at adapting the popular comic to small screen, it finally seems as though the pieces are falling into place.
The series will not follow the 2009 Zack Snyder big screen adaptation, but will give us a fresh look at some of the characters and the story that has resonated deeply within the comic book community since it’s release in 1985. While there is no concrete deal in place for the show, finding a suitable handler for the show is definitely a step in the right direction. Let us know what you think in the comments below and stay tuned for more news as it breaks.
Watchmen is set in 1985, in an alternate history United States where costumed adventurers are real and the country is edging closer to a nuclear war with the Soviet Union (the Doomsday Clock is at five minutes to midnight). It tells the story of a group of past and present superheroes and the events surrounding the mysterious murder of one of their own. Watchmen depicts superheroes as real people who must confront ethical and personal issues, who struggle with neuroses and failings, and who—with one notable exception—lack anything recognizable as super powers. Watchmen‘s conventional superhero archetype, combined with its innovative adaptation of cinematic techniques and heavy use of symbolism, multi-layered dialogue, and metafiction, has influenced both comics and film.