Damon Lindelof’s ‘Watchmen’ For HBO Won’t Be A Direct Adaptation Of The Comic’s Original Story
We’ve known for a while that HBO is working on a Watchmen series written and created by Damon Lindelof, but many have wondered if it will be a direct adaptation of the comics or if it’ll be just like Zack Snyder’s film.
Yesterday night, May 22, Lindelof took the time to write a heartfelt letter to explain why did he decide to tackle this adventure, what the comics mean to him on a personal side and try to resolve one or two questions we had about this upcoming show.
“We have no desire to ‘adapt’ the twelve issues Mr Moore and Mr Gibbons created thirty years ago; those issues are sacred ground and they will not be retreaded nor recreated nor reproduced nor rebooted. They will, however, be remixed. Because the bass lines in those familiar tracks are just too good and we’d be fools not to sample them. Those original twelve issues are our Old Testament. When the New Testament came along, it did not erase what came before it.”
Watchmen was set at a time of the Cold War and while it might look similar, those are not current or present times, and, as per Lindelof’s words, they do not plan to make a sequel to the original story, rather an original, contemporary tale that “asks new questions and explores the world through a fresh lens.”
“[Watchmen] was specific to the Eighties of Reagan and Thatcher and Gorbachev. Ours needs to resonate with the frequency of Trump and May and Putin and the horse that he rides around on, shirtless. […] Some of the characters will be unknown. New faces. New masks to cover them. We also intend to revisit the past century of Costumed Adventuring through a surprising, yet familiar set of eyes… and it is here where we’ll be taking our greatest risks.”
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If you want to read the entirety of the letter, be sure to check out Damon’s Instagram latest post, as it is a five photo post and Lindelof has a lot to say to Watchmen‘s fans. Maybe you’ll even shed a tear or two at his words.
Source: Damon Lindelof