A Watchmen television series is in development at HBO.
And now, in a lengthy letter posted to his Instagram account, producer Damon Lindelof confirms this will not be a direct adaptation of the original comic, but a new story set in the same world.
Here is a small sampling of what Lindelof had to say to fans...
"We have no desire to ‘adapt’ the twelve issues Mr. Moore and Mr. Gibbons created thirty years ago. Those issues are sacred ground and 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."
"This story will be set in the world its creators painstakingly built…but in the tradition of the work that inspired it, this new story must be original. It has to vibrate with the seismic unpredictability of its own tectonic plates. It must ask new questions and explore the world through a fresh lens."
"Most importantly, it must be contemporary. The Old Testament was specific to the Eighties of Reagan and Thatcher and Gorbachev. Ours needs to resonate with the frequency of Trump and May and Putin and the horse that he rides around on, shirtless. And speaking of Horsemen, The End of the World is off the table…which means the heroes and villains–as if the two are distinguishable – are playing for different stakes entirely."
Clearly Lindelof loves the original graphic novel. However, it's also quite clear that he is also looking to respect Alan Moore’s wishes in that the story contained in Watchmen is a story that can only be told within the medium of comics.
You can read the full letter over at Lindelof's Instagram account.
What do you think, Infinite Earths fans?
Watchmen is expected to arrive in 2019.
Source: Damon Lindelof
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