Watchmen TV series gets official pilot order from HBO

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Following yesterday’s news that Damon Lindelof is onboard to helm the project, HBO has now officially confirmed its order to make a TV pilot of the landmark DC Comics miniseries Watchmen.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Lindelof -- the man behind Lost and The Leftovers -- has also been commissioned to write back-up scripts in addition to the pilot that he’s adapting from Alan Moore's seminal graphic novel.

From the looks of Lindelof’s Instagram post yesterday, it seems as though he’s well and truly opened up the writer’s room for the project, which was first hinted at back in June.

The question for many die-hard fans of the source material will be whether HBO can properly do the comic justice. It’s fair to say that Zack Snyder’s big-screen attempt back in 2009 did not go down too well with those familiar with the original material.

The graphic novel tells the tale of everyday Joes trying to become superheroes (except for Doctor Manhattan, of course, who truly is super). Some fans felt this was lost in Snyder’s take. It certainly had its merits; few could argue its epic visual style; but ultimately, many true fans of the source material felt the film lacked substance.

To cut Snyder some slack, the movie had been a bit of a cinematic hot potato with directors such as Terry Gilliam passing on the project previously, and even HBO abandoning their plans to tackle it a first time around back in 2014. Now it seems the premium cable company is ready to give it a proper go, and that is something to get excited about.

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