HBO Will Turn 'Watchmen' Into a TV Series, Damon Lindelof to Helm

Wednesday, 21 June 2017 - 11:41AM
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Wednesday, 21 June 2017 - 11:41AM
HBO Will Turn 'Watchmen' Into a TV Series, Damon Lindelof to Helm
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Watchmen is a neat concept. A comic written by legendary grump Alan Moore, it strips away many of the conventions of the comic book superhero formula to provide a cynical deconstruction of not only the idea of heroes, but also the human condition. The book is short, sweet, and incredibly well-paced. So naturally, DC has been struggling to find a way to twist it into a regular series ever since.

Just a year after the Watchmen made their debut in the serialized canon of the DC comics universe alongside Batman and Superman, HBO has announced that the network is working with Warner Bros. to bring a live-action adaptation of the classic comic to the small screen. This deal has been a long time coming, and while it's not been fully finalized just yet, things appear to be progressing well.

To its credit, it seems that HBO is looking to bring some appropriate talent to their new show. Damon Lindelof, fresh from The Leftovers, is going to be in charge of the project, and if his previous work on a television show that cynically explores the darker side of human nature is any indication, he should have the right approach with this new series. He's also, incidentally, a huge fan of the Zack Snyder Watchmen movie.



The biggest problem with making a Watchmen a series, though, is the fact that the source material is a tight narrative with a solid, inescapable ending. It's hard to work around the limitations of the original story, as DC comics has shown by giving up and simply folding the Watchmen-verse into their regular comics canon.

The danger here is that the limited story will end up being spread very thin in order to justify Watchmen's new format as a television series, and it'll involve Lindelof going off-script a lot in order to flesh out characters and give the show a satisfactory runtime. There's also the question of what to do after the initial story arc wraps up, if the show proves a success and HBO ends up wanting more of it.



These challenges are not insurmountable, but they're worth keeping an eye on. Perhaps Lindelof's biggest problem will be avoiding being cursed by Alan Moore, who hates adaptations of his comics, and who is actually a practicing wizard.
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