For a while, we’ve known that HBO is producing a tv series adaptation of the graphic novel Watchmen and that is currently in development, but the reasons behind this decision hadn’t been clear… until now.
In a recent discussion with Mike Schur (creator of The Good Place) at Vulture Festival L.A, Damon Lindelof -executive producer of the upcoming series- commented on his motivations for tackling the material for tv.
“Watchmen – it was dangerous. And you can’t be dangerous for dangerous’ sake, but the reason that I’m doing this is these are dangerous times, and we need dangerous shows.”
It’s the age of superheroes within the entertainment industry and Lindelof thinks Moore and Gibbons’ take on the genre is more relevant than ever.
“What we think about superheroes is wrong. I love the Marvel movies and we saw Justice League this morning and I’m all for Wonder Woman and Batman and I grew up on these characters, but we should not trust people who put on masks and say that they are looking out for us. If you hide your face, you are up to no good.”
And his opinion on Moore and his work is as high as an opinion can be, as he feels it’s now, in this times, more than ever than this particular take is relevant and necessary.
“[…] the greatest writer in the history of comics, maybe one of the greatest writers of all time — and he most certainly doesn’t want us to be doing this and we’re trying to find a way to do it that honours him … That comic was written in the mid-’80s. It is more timely now, in 2018, 2019, whenever the show airs, if it airs, that it needs to be told. For a superhero junkie, I’ve never done a superhero movie or a superhero TV show, and now is the time.”
The script for the pilot episode of Watchmen is currently in development, with no indication of when will be aired.
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