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Zack Snyder, director of the film adaptation of Alan Moore (a.k.a., The Original Writer) and Dave Gibbon’s Watchmen, has reportedly met with HBO to discuss adapting the graphic novel again, this time as a television series.


The report from Collider was unable to obtain further details about the exact nature of the would-be series, including whether it would be a prequel or sequel to the original series, or simply a new imagining of the source material.


As noted in the report, HBO can be hard to predict. The studio entertains a lot of ideas without committing to projects, so meetings may not necessarily mean this project will ever see the light of day. However, with Game of Thrones inching closer to its final season, HBO must be on the lookout for its “next big thing.”


If they choose to go the prequel route, DC Entertainment has produced plenty of material to work with in the form of the multiple Before Watchmen miniseries that were published in 2012. Darwyn Cooke’s Minutemen series, in particular, seems like a good fit for adaptation, at least partly because it did the best job of justifying its own existence.



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DC Comics favorite Watchmen may be headed for the small screen.


Fresh off of critical favorite The Leftovers, Damon Lindelof is in talks for a potential Watchmen TV series for HBO. Sources tell The Hollywood Reporter that the project is in the early development stages. An official deal is not yet in place. Representatives for HBO and producers Warner Bros. Television declined comment.


Lindelof originally read the comics as a kid in the 1980s and has said that the series continues to influence his work. "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 CBR in 2009 ahead of the feature film take. He's read Watchmen multiple times and, at the time, praised director Zack Snyder's film. "It's the most married-to-the-original-text version of Watchmen that could've been made," he told the Observer. "I want to keep it sort of insular," he said, referring to the multiple translations that have come from trying to translate the source material. "It's OK with me if people don't understand it because they don't deserve to understand it."


Snyder, who directed the 2009 feature film adaptation of Alan Moore's beloved comic series, is no longer attached to the drama from Warner Bros. Television, where both DC Entertainment and Lindelof are housed.


First published in 1986 and collected in 1987, Watchmen was created by Moore, artist Dave Gibbons and colorist John Higgins. The series is included as one of the 100 best novels from Time magazine. Rumors of HBO tackling Watchmen first surfaced in 2015 when the cabler noted it was in preliminary discussions for a TV take on the property.


Snyder, who was briefly attached to the HBO project in 2015, adapted the comic and brought the title's "Minutemen" crime fighters to the big screen in 2009 with Jackie Earle Haley, Malin Akerman, Billy Crudup, Matthew Goode, Carla Gugino, Jeffrey Dean Morgan and Patrick Wilson starring. The film, produced by Warner Bros. Pictures with a $130 million production budget, grossed a disappointing $107.5 million domestically and $185.3 million worldwide.


A Watchmen TV series would further expand the premium cable network's place in the comic book business and offer a potential heir apparent to fantasy drama Game of Thrones, which has 15 total episodes over two seasons remaining. AMC has found success with The Walking Dead and Preacher, while FX has Noah Hawley's X-Men take Legion, which is already renewed for a second season. The comic book expansion has gone far beyond broadcast after ABC, The CW and Fox found success with DC and Marvel fare including Agents of SHIELD, The Flash, Arrow, Supergirl, Legends of Tomorrow and Gotham, among others. Hulu recently picked up Marvel's The Runaways, Freeform has New Warriors and ABC next has The Inhumans as well as another season of Agents of SHIELD as Marvel continues to have multiple series in the works at Netflix.


For Lindelof, Watchmen would arrive after The Leftovers, based on the book of the same name, recently wrapped its three-season run on HBO. The Lost alum is repped by CAA and Myman Greenspan.


Moore, meanwhile, announced his retirement from comic books in September, noting that "I think I have done enough for comics. I've done all that I can." On the big screen, Moore's work has been adapted into features From Hell, The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, V for Vendetta andBatman: The Killing Joke. On the TV side, Fox tried in 2013 to adapt Gentlemen for the small screen. The drama did not move beyond the development stage.











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Bring it. Not in love w/ the whole 'superhero tv show' genre - but, holy shit...would I be down to check out what they got in store. I suddenly got flashbacks of the 'Spawn animated series'.


I'm assuming it's gonna be more 'adult' (not just blood n' stuff, but subject matter) - it being HBO, n' not CW.


But I do wish it were Netflix doing it...simply 'cuz I ain't gotz the HBOs.

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prometheus & star trek 2 say nah

also i never really got over ultimate wolverine vs hulk

I'll give ya leeway to be salty for the Wolvie v Hulk debacle. It was an alright story, but not worth a three year delay. After Covenant you can see any problems with the script Prometheus were likely Ridley's doing. And get yer Trek titles right, yo. The great Ricardo Mantalban was in Star Trek II. Lindeloff scripted Into Darkness, which admittedly didn't live up to Wrath of Khan, but what can?



IMDB says if you forgot Cowboys vs Aliens. Which I only saw once and can't remember much about except it was not bad, just kindah meh.


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Damon Lindelof’s Watchmen Pilot Picked Up To Series By HBO



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On 8/27/2018 at 11:37 PM, Bindusara said:

Yeah so the new show is new heroes in a modern time, with some people dropping in from the old crew from time to time. 


Still on board?


Considering Moore wrote that book like there wasn't going to be a country left at the end, I'm bloody fascinated at what a post-event America looks like with it's no term limits and weird relationship with fiction. Do we know how modern though? Because there's thirty years between Issue 12 and now.

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15 hours ago, Jables said:


Considering Moore wrote that book like there wasn't going to be a country left at the end, I'm bloody fascinated at what a post-event America looks like with it's no term limits and weird relationship with fiction. Do we know how modern though? Because there's thirty years between Issue 12 and now.


Yeah, they are keeping this pretty hush hush. I guess we're gonna have to turn in to check it out. 

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late here, but just finished ep 2 and this is fucking fantastic 


the nods are all over (i found this helpful), but the overall direction, the way it faces race & the politics of watchmen head on...fuck. and with reznor/atticus to boot!


as an aside: i know cranky moore prolly hates it/doesn't care but it's goddamn refreshing seeing rorsharch (sp?) treated as the clear fascist symbol for steve ditko's the question that he was..i admit i didn't catch that when i read it as a teen but looking back, it's glaringly obvious and the following he inspired really flows from that  


fuck, i absolutely did not want a sequel show from a seminal comic rooted in the cold war, but now i can't wait to watch more 


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