When it was announced the Alan Moore and Dave Gibbon‘s Watchmen was going to be getting an HBO series, people were optimistic but apprehensive to get behind it. Watchmen is a series that could be properly flushed out in a mini-series, but didn’t director Zack Snyder already cover most if not all of it’s major beats in his 2009 film?
Then it was revealed it was not going to be a remake of the Alan Moore story, but rather an expansion. DC Comics has already expanded on the Watchmen story in the comics with a slew of prequel comics setting up the back stories of the colorful anti-heroes who populate that universe. Now it looks like you can add a live-action sequel series to that list.
HBO announced Friday that the Watchmen pilot in development from The Leftovers‘ Damon Lindelof has officially been given a series order, with the show set to arrive sometime in 2019, according to Entertainment Weekly.
In a five-page letter to fans back in May, Lindelof (no stranger to fan controversy thanks to shows like Lost) expressed his love for the series and promised that he will not simply be adapting Watchmen for television. Instead, the series will “disrupt” and “remix” elements of the world that Moore and Gibbons created to tell a new story. Here’s the official, very vague, description of the series so far:
“Set in an alternate history where “superheroes” are treated as outlaws, Watchmen embraces the nostalgia of the original groundbreaking graphic novel while attempting to break new ground of its own.”
HBO posted a tweet you can see below. It’s happening people, for better or worse it’s happening.
Watchmen arrives next year amid another much-anticipated programming for HBO, including the return of True Detective and, most importantly, the arrival of the long-awaited final season of Game of Thrones. So, if you love premium cable genre series, 2019 is shaping up to be a massive year indeed.
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