Recent reports state that premium television network, HBO, has ordered multiple scripts for a pilot episode of Watchmen, based on the comic of the same name. Watchmen is a DC comic that was released for a limited time in 1986-87 by co-creators Alan Moore and David Gibbons and was made into a movie directed by Zack Snyder in 2009. The graphic novel was unique for its time, having a darker tone than most comics, even by DC standards.
Damon Lindelof, self-proclaimed huge fan of the series, has been handed the scripts and the reigns to the upcoming television show. However, Lindelof has expressed some uncertainty when it comes to making the show, saying,
“I do feel like I have to weigh the balance of ‘should it exist’ before I decide to take it on, and I’m sort of in that process now. I hold the source material in such high regard, it would literally be the worst feeling in the world to screw it up…”
When questioned about his involvement in the upcoming series, co-creator David Gibbons, who had a hand in the 2009 movie adaption, expressed that he has no say creatively, but,
“I’m going to be interested to see what comes up. If there is a way to make such things work, I’d like to see it.”
The original source material from 1986-87 contains murder, rape, and other social issues that many comics dare not touch. It will be interesting to see if Lindelof can bring these themes justice through a television medium, but HBO is known to stretch the limits of television.
As of this time, the Watchmen series does not have an official release date.
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