As Dr. Manhattan said to Ozymandias: "Nothing ever ends." The same is true of Watchmen, the beloved 12-issue miniseries by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons that became arguably the most celebrated comic book of all time, spawned a film adaptation, a set of prequel miniseries and the still-ongoing DC Comics event Doomsday Clock. Now, we can officially add an HBO series to that list.
The premium cable giant 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.
We still know very little about the series, despite extensive coverage of its development and a fandom that remains divided over the news that it's happening at all (Moore has, for years, resisted all attempts to further the Watchmen story due to a years-old dispute over the rights with DC Comics). 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.”
That doesn't tell us much. What we do know is that the show boasts a massive and impressive cast, even if we're not sure who anyone is playing yet. So far, the show's stars include Regina King, Jeremy Irons, Don Johnson, Tim Blake Nelson, Louis Gossett Jr., Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Adelaide Clemens, Andrew Howard, Tom Mison, Frances Fisher, Jacob Ming-Trent, Sara Vickers, Dylan Schombing, Lily Rose Smith and Adelynn Spoon. That's a lot of talent for a show that promises to bring us both the familiar and the new in a world that comics fans are already well-acquainted with, so hopefully with a roster like that Lindelof can actually pull this thing off.
HBO also released a teaser graphic for the series, featuring the classic black-and-yellow Watchmen color scheme and font as well as one of the comic's most famous quotes:
Watchmen arrives next year amid other 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.