Who watches the watchmen? We do! HBO has officially ordered Damon Lindelof’s Watchmen to series. I actually thought it had already been ordered, but it seems your last HBO series being lauded as one of the most critically-acclaimed in history is enough to green-light a whole series, and it took a pilot to impress execs.
Since there’s been a dearth of good TV in 2018, with only HBO’s Sharp Objects truly impressing, this news is like music to my ears and all my Christmases rolled into one.
— HBO (@HBO) August 17, 2018
Here’s HBO’s official logline for Lindelof’s Watchmen:
“Set in an alternate history where “superheroes” are treated as outlaws, Watchmen embraces the nostalgia of the original groundbreaking graphic novel while attempting to break new ground of its own.”
Back before production began on the pilot episode, Lindelof announced he would not be making a straight adaptation, but that his show would be set years after Alan Moore and Dave Gibbon’s 1986 graphic novel, stating:
“We have no desire to ‘adapt’ the twelve issues Mssrs Moore Gibbons created thirty years ago. Those issues are sacred ground and they will not be retread nor recreated nor reproduced nor rebooted. They will, however, be remixed.”
Lindelof went on to emphasize the project isn’t a sequel, but it will be set within the original world built by Moore and Gibbons. “This new story must be original. It must ask new questions and explore the world through a fresh lens. Most importantly, it must be contemporary.” He also stated that Watchmen would be a dangerous show for these dangerous times.
TRUST ME – LINDELOF’S WATCHMEN WILL BLOW YOUR MIND!
Watchmen really is in the best hands. Lindelof isn’t just a massive fan of the original comics, he says it taught him how to tell stories. Taking another author’s universe and running wild with it is when Lindelof is at his best. ABC Exec Loyd Braun famously wanted Lost to be Castaway meets reality show Survivor and Lindelof and JJ Abrams took Jeffrey Lieber’s original, awful pilot script and turned it into the greatest pilot ever made.
Only the first season of The Leftovers followed the events of Tom Perotta’s novel (deviating massively) while seasons two and three were wholly Lindelofian. After Ozymandius faked an alien invasion in the finalé of the comic, Lindelof’s new iteration of the United States will be running wild with crazy, beautiful ideas and the deepest, most flawed, traumatized characters. If I know Lindelof, it will remain wholly true to the original source material while also branching off into a new timeline, rich with a million easter eggs and callbacks, but still full of his genius creativity.
WHO’S IN LINEDOF’S WATCHMEN?
HBO also released a detailed cast list, including previously announced cast members like Regina King (The Leftovers), Jeremy Irons (Die Hard With A Vengeance), Tim Blake Nelson (O Brother, Where Art Thou?) Louis Gossett Jr. (Jaws 3D) and Don Johnson (Miami Vice), Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Adelynn Spoon, Lily Rose Smith, Jacob Ming-Trent, Dylan Schombing, Adelaide Clemens, Andrew Howard, Frances Fisher, Tom Mison and Sara Vickers also co-star.
Lindelof reunites with The Leftovers executive producer Tom Spezialy, as well as former Leftovers alum – director Nicole Kassell, who directed the pilot and execs and writer Carly Wray. Stephen Williams (Lost) will also direct and produce, while veteran Joseph Iberti (Mr Robot) will exec. Update: Music will be provided by Oscar-winning duo Nine Inch Nails frontman Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross!!!
Lindelof won an Emmy for Lost in 2005 and has been nominated 10 times. His last series, The Leftovers, was my number one show of 2017, even though it was overlooked for an Emmy.
Lindelof’s Watchmen has been slated for late-2019.