Director David Lindelof has officially been granted the pilot for a new series adaption of Watchmen on premium cable network HBO. The rendition of the classic DC Comic has been in the works for a few months now, and thanks to an announcement on Instagram, Lindelof has revealed that the writing process has begun.
Originally a graphic novel written by Alan Moore in the ‘80s, Watchmen also was revamped in 2009 by director Zack Snyder as a feature-film. Snyder is no longer associated with Warner Bros. Television where Lindelof and DC Entertainment are stationed, but that doesn’t mean the HBO director won’t take the previous work into account.
“It’s the most married-to-the-original-text version of Watchmen that could’ve been made,” Lindelof said of Snyder’s film. He also mentioned that he’s read the original novel on multiple occasions, with his original exposure coming when he was still a kid.
“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 stated back in 2009 ahead of the film’s release. Now Lindelof will have the creative direction in his own hands, as HBO has ordered the pilot and opened the writers room.
HBO originally began discussions regarding the purchase of the rights to Watchmen in 2015. The series would help the premium cable network gain traction in the comic book business, which other networks such as FX, AMC, and The CW have taken advantage of considering the success of series like X-Men’s Legion, The Walking Dead, and The Flash or Arrow.
Original creator Alan Moore announced his retirement from comic books a year ago, claiming he’s contributed as much as he could over his lengthy career. “I think I have done enough for comics. I’ve done all that I can,” he noted last September. Some of his other successful works that have been moved to the big screen include The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, V for Vendetta, and Batman: The Killing Joke.
Lindelof, whose most recent work on HBO, The Leftovers, concluded its final season earlier this year, which will now allow his full attention to focus on the adaption of Watchmen. It’s unknown whether the interpretation will stick to the original source material or take on a life of its own, but it’s been stated that HBO will also retain backup scripts in order to preserve the show’s plotline.
In Lindelof’s Instagram posting, a statue with an engraving reading “in gratitude” is shown, referencing the monument from Watchmen’s original graphic novel that the character Night Owl receives after his retirement. The caption “day one” signifies that the production process is officially underway.