Watchmen is one of the most influential stories in comic book history. The graphic novel written by Alan Moore featuring the work of artist Dave Gibbons and colorist John Higgins was described for years as an unfilmmable story. Thankfully, Zack Snyder brought the story to the big screen in his 2009 adaptation.
Snyder’s film was as faithful of an adaptation as you can get. More than any other film in his filmography, Watchmen recreates virtually every single panel from the graphic novel and brings it to life and works as an incredible piece of visual storytelling for the cinema.
Now, another adaptation of Watchmen is currently in development. This time, Damon Lindelof of Lost and The Leftovers fame is planning on turning the graphic novel into a series for HBO.
Casey Bloys, president of HBO briefly spoke to IGN about the project, discussing Lindelof’s approach to the story:
“I don’t want to talk too much about it, but Damon is thinking about it in a way exactly as you describe it. Which is, how do you take the material and derive from it a TV show, without making it a literal translation?”
Bloys also revealed that some new material would be created for the series that was not in the original graphic novel. Watchmen purists may not be fully on-board with new additions for the series, but perhaps Lindelof can find a way to add more compelling elements to an already-deep social commentary.
What do you guys want to see in a Watchmen series? Are you okay with it not being a straight adaptation like the 2009 film? Sound off in the comments below, and be sure to continue following Heroic Hollywood for all your latest news regarding Watchmen and more comic book projects for television.
5 Potential Marvel TV Shows To Rival HBO’s ‘Watchmen’
With news breaking that Damon Lindelof, the co-creator of both Lost and The Leftovers, is in talks to develop a Watchmen show for HBO, Marvel needs a new TV hit. Don’t get me wrong, I know Agents of Shield still has a huge following, but I stopped watching the Netflix shows during the second season of Daredevil. And FX’s Legion was just… okay for me. It’s not that I don’t love Luke Cage and Jessica Jones, but it’s not fair to put lower-tier characters like them in competition with a juggernaut like Watchmen.
HBO was clearly taking notes when Netflix started releasing their shows, so this seems like a great moment for Marvel to take some notes on their competition. If DC is going to churn out a Watchmen series, then Marvel needs to dig deep into their libraries to find stories worthy of being brought to the silver screen.
So hit Next to find out about five properties Marvel should consider adapting if they want to match HBO’s Watchmen.