HBO, the historical home of dark and sweeping TV series, is teaming up with one of TV’s best minds to bring an equally serious (and sexy) serial classic to a living room near you. Damon Lindelof, co-creator of the acclaimed shows The Leftovers and Lost, is reportedly in talks with HBO to develop a TV adaptation of Watchmen.
Watchmen, written by Alan Moore with art by Dave Gibbons, tells the darkly epic tale of former costumed heroes coming together to investigate the murder of a fellow vigilante. The action occurs across the backdrop of an alternate 1980’s America where the Vietnam War is won, Nixon is still president, and the world teeters on the brink of nuclear war.
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This is not the first time HBO has toyed with adapting the landmark 1987 graphic novel—the network ultimately ceased development on that project in 2014. This new effort with Lindelof, however, will be completely independent from that original venture.
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The graphic novel was adapted into a Warner Bros. film in 2009 directed by Zack Snyder. Though Snyder was involved in the 2014 talks with HBO, he will not be returning this time around.
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