After a lot of buzz and speculation over the last year or so, HBO has officially ordered Damon Lindelof’s ‘Watchmen’ – based on Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons’ iconic 1986-87 comic – to series, with a premiere date set for 2019.
Here’s the official blurb from HBO:
“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.”
A detailed cast list was also revealed, although no names or characters have been revealed just yet. The cast includes; Regina King, Jeremy Irons, Tim Blake Nelson, Don Johnson. Yaha Abdul-Maren II, Jacob Ming-Trent, Dylan Schombing, Lily Rose Smith, Adelynn Spoon, Louis Gossett Jr., Adelaide Clemens and Frances Fisher
Lindelof – best known as the showrunner of the critically acclaimed LOST and THE LEFTOVERS – spoke in depth about his passion and vision for the series on Instagram.
“We have no desire to ‘adapt’ the twelve issues Mr. Moore and Mr. Gibbons created thirty years ago,” he wrote. “Those issues are sacred ground and they will not be retread nor recreated nor reproduced nor rebooted. They will, however, be remixed. Because the bass lines in those familiar tracks are just too good and we’d be fools not to sample them. “
”Those original twelve issues are our Old Testament. When the New Testament came along, it did not erase what came before it. Creation. The Garden of Eden. Abraham and Isaac. The Flood. It all happened. And so it will be with Watchmen. The Comedian died. Dan and Laurie fell in love. Ozymandias saved the world and Dr. Manhattan left it just after blowing Rorschach to pieces in the bitter cold of Antarctica.”
He continued, adding “This new story must be original. It must ask new questions and explore the world through a fresh lens. Most importantly, it must be contemporary.”
No firm release date other than ‘2019’ has been announced so far.