Back in June, we learned that writer/producer Damon Lindelof (Lost, The Leftovers) was in talks to develop a Watchmen series for HBO, based on what is widely considered to be one of the greatest comic books of all time, which was created by writer Alan Moore and artist Dave Gibbons. Last we heard from Lindelof himself, the writer seemed uncertain whether or not he would actually be involved in the series, but it now looks as if that may have changed.
It seems now that the writer is officially confirming his involvement in the series, as Lindelof took to Instagram to share an image from Day 1 of pre-production:
In the comics, the statue in the image was given to Hollis Mason, the original Nite Owl, for his service as a superhero. This same statue was instrumental in Mason’s death when it used by the Knot-Tops gang leader, Derf, to kill him in retaliation for the second Silk Spectre and the second Nite Owl (Daniel Dreiberg), whom he mistakenly believed to still be Mason, breaking Rorshach out of prison.
In the past, Lindelof has been pretty outspoken about his obsessive love for Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons’ Watchmen comic (and he even praised Zack Snyder’s 2009 film adaptation), which was one of the reasons he was unsure of his involvement. Back in July, he stated:
“I’ve been very vocal about my love for those twelve issues… that they were completely and totally inspiring for all the storytelling that I did subsequently, and that I owe a debt to it. I do feel like I have to weigh the balance of ‘should it exist’ before I decide to take it on, and I’m sort of in that process now. I hold the source material in such high regard, it would literally be the worst feeling in the world to screw it up… all I can say is I’m thinking about Watchmen a lot right now.”
No release date or cast has been announced yet for HBO’s Watchmen series.