Screenwriter Damon Lindelof (Lost, Star Trek Into Darkness, World War Z) opens the doors to the writing room.
HBO has confirmed that Lindelof and his writing team are hard at work to bring DC’s Watchmen to life in the form of a live-action TV series with a Pilot order out, and multiple back-up scripts being planned.
THR broke the news a few months back that the possibility was being considered, and now the show is greenlit with Lindleof sharing news on Instagram that the writing process has started with “Day One”.
In an alternate 1985 United States, superheroes are part of the fabric of everyday society, and the Doomsday Clock — which charts the USA’s tension with the Soviet Union — moves closer to midnight.When one of his former colleagues is murdered, the outlawed but no less determined masked vigilante Rorschach sets out to uncover a plot to kill and discredit all past and present superheroes. As he reconnects with his former crime-fighting legion — a disbanded group of retired superheroes, only one of whom has true powers — Rorschach glimpses a wide-ranging and disturbing conspiracy with links to their shared past and catastrophic consequences for the future.Their mission is to watch over humanity… but who is watching the Watchmen? –Warner Bros
The Watchmen graphic Novel by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons was widely acclaimed and a comic masterpiece, later adapted into a live action film by Zack Snyder, whose creative liberties *ahem* were often times proven rather impressive to some, and a mess to others.
As a fan of the graphic novel (having read it 3 times myself), I couldn’t find much to complain about his artistic take. Sure, the movie is literally built for fans of the source material, but it was stunning from start to finish. Visually, it stands as one of my favorite films to date, despite some flaws from the outside viewer (by that I mean, you might be kind of lost on some major plot points if you were not familiar with the comic).
Zack Snyder has received a lot of criticism, even from me with his work on Man of Steel and Dawn of Justice. One thing I never could fault him for was the vision he brought to life with Watchmen. More than a comic story, more than a bunch of heroes running around punching bad guys in the face, Watchmen is a cinematic and comic work of art from the pages it hopped off of. With HBO running the show, I could not be more excited.
With shows like West World, Game of Thrones, and so many other dark and powerful shows, HBO is the perfect home for Watchmen. Personally, I have been dying for HBO to pick up a true super hero property and do something magical with it. I have high hopes for this, and Watchmen is absolutely the right choice for a super hero show on HBO.
Please, Lindelof, do not fail us on this.
No release date has been given as of this article.