Who watches the Watchmen? Damon Lindelof, that’s who. The Lost co-creator has seemingly confirmed his involvement with the previously discussed HBO adaptation of the epic graphic novel Watchmen in an Instagram post on Tuesday.
Lindelof had originally denied reports that he'd had meetings with HBO, but judging by his not-so-cryptic Instagram post, it’s safe to assume he’s had a change of heart. The picture shows a statue of Hollis Mason (the comics' original ‘40s-era superhero Nite-Owl) proudly on display in a writer’s room, alongside a caption that says “Day One.” Yup, who’d have thought the man who brought us Lost could be so lacking in subtlety.
From the minds of writer Alan Moore and artist Dave Gibbons, Watchmen, first published in 1986, is considered by many comic-book fans as a seminal classic. Set in an alternate reality that closely mirrors the contemporary world of the 1980s, the band of costumed crime fighters are commonly known as "superheroes," despite only one of them (Doctor Manhattan) actually having any super powers to speak of.
Man of Steel director Zack Snyder famously tackled the first film adaptation in 2009 with mixed results, and many other directors had passed on the opportunity in years prior – including Terry Gilliam – who felt the complex source material was “un-filmable.” But HBO offers something that a feature film cannot: ample time to tell Watchmen's story.
Snyder’s movie starred Malin Åkerman, Billy Crudup, Matthew Goode, Carla Gugino, Jackie Earle Haley, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, and Patrick Wilson. It made $185.3 million at the box office against a $130 million budget.
There are no other details yet on the HBO show, but it seems to be in safe hands with Lindelof, who has previously spoken about being a fan of the comics as a child in the ‘80s, and how it influenced his work. Of course, we've already had a good, long think about who we'd like to see in the cast.
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