The news that my favorite ever TV writer is adapting everyone’s favorite ever graphic novel into an HBO show just had me in tears…
Yes, people – Damon Lindelof is bringing Alan Moore’s Watchmen to our screens.
Please just take a minute, men for that to sink in…
MY NAME IS OZYMANDIAS, KING OF KINGS…
Fresh off the success of “masterpiece” The Leftovers, the world’s best television writer Lindelof (who has an overall deal with HBO) will be telling the murder-mystery story of ruthless, nihilist, rapist The Comedian’s homicide.
Imagine, if you will, our defunct superheroes, Rorschach – a right-wing extremist son-of-a-whore private detective, Silk Specter – daughter Sally Jupiter and rapist The Comedian.
Picture Nite Owl – a broken, overweight, impotent Clark Kent in an owl costume taking on mythology-loving, kung fu fighting narcissist businessman Ozymandias and his genetically-engineered lynx… as he unleashes monsters on New York!
Oh, and all this against the backdrop of a Nixon-led victory in Vietnam thanks to dimension-hopping, planet jumping, physicist-turned-god Dr Manhattan.
Needless to say, I’m giddy with excitement.
ALAN MOORE KNOWS THE SCORE…
A huge fan, the original comics have been a massive influence on Damon’s storytelling “From the flashbacks to the nonlinear storytelling to the deeply flawed heroes, these are all elements that I try to put into everything I write,” he told Comic Book Resources in 2009 ahead of the feature film.
Zack Snyder performed an admirable job with his 2009 interpretation of adapting Alan Moore’s 1985 graphic novel. Yes, it’s pretty fucking far from perfect – the characters are woefully underdeveloped and the action barely sustains your interest but people forget its plus points: Here was an almost frame-for-frame adaptation and that, in itself, deserves points for trying.
As does this Saturday morning Watchmen cartoon spoof.
Unlike some others, who will remain nameless, in Damon Lindelof, co-creator of Lost and The Leftovers, we have someone who understands how to adapt a text onto the screen. His characters will be more three dimensional than the comics (pun intended) and he will make them suffer more than any other writer. Just as the first season of The Leftovers covered the whole of Tom Perrotta’s novel, in creating his own, new material Lindelof will take the stories further than ever before…
In Lindelof we trust.
It’s almost as exciting as today’s news that Daniel Day-Lewis is quitting “acting”.
If HBO invest the time to get this right, Watchmen should hit our screens when winter finally puts “made by toddlers, for toddlers” storytelling embarrassment Game of Thrones out of its shit-forsaken, festering misery in 2019.