Damon Lindelof (Lost) has picked the director for his Watchmen pilot for HBO: Nicole Kassell, who worked with him on The Leftovers. In addition to directing the pilot, Kassell will also executive-produce the series alongside Lindelof.
Kassell's two episodes of The Leftovers, "It's a Matt, Matt, Matt, Matt World" and "No Room at the Inn," were lauded as two of the top episodes in the series. She is best known as a television director, with episodes of The Americans, The Following, Claws, Vinyl, Better Call Saul, and The Killing to her name. Her first feature, The Woodsman, was nominated for several awards at the 2004 Cannes Film Festival.
The Watchmen pilot, written by Lindelof, is based on the classic graphic novel by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons. Set in an alternate reality in 1985, the action revolves around the murder of a costumed superhero, which leads other heroes to believe they are being targeted.
Watchmen was already turned into a blockbuster movie in 2009. Directed by Zack Snyder, the film starred Jackie Earle Haley, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Carla Guguino, Patrick Wilson, Malin Akerman, and Billy Crudup. However, the film merited severely mixed reviews. Some said that it was a perfect, faithful adaptation of the source material; others thought it was too faithful an adaptation and didn't work well as a feature. As such, a remake has been something many fans and critics have been clamoring for.