Rumor of the Day: Zack Snyder and HBO are bringing Watchmen to TV

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Oct 3, 2015, 7:22 PM EDT (Updated)

Zack Snyder's already plenty busy with superhero properties thanks to Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Justice League, but that doesn't mean he's forgotten about his comic-book-movie past. Watchmen, Snyder's big-screen adadptation of Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons' classic superhero deconstruction, remains one of the most debated comic-book adaptations of all time, and even if you don't like the flick, it's hard to argue that it's not fascinating.

In the years since Watchmen hit theaters, DC Comics has gone back to the well of those characters with Before Watchmen, a group of limited series telling prequel stories, and because the original book is still so lucrative for the publisher, it always feels like there's a chance that DC and Warner Bros. will find another way to exploit the property someday. Now maybe they are.

Collider reports that Snyder "has been meeting with HBO" to discuss a possible return to Watchmen, this time as a TV series. The report stresses that there is no development at this point, only meetings, so this could all vanish in the wind as quickly as it appeared. It's also unclear whether the series would just be a new adaptation of the original 12-part Watchmen story, an adaptation that works in Before Watchmen, or both. 

One of the key sticking points that fans debate when it comes to Snyder's original film is how faithfully adapted certain moments from the Watchmen comic were, while others were simply cast aside or even altered. Some of that has to do with artistic choices, but Snyder also had to make sacrifices for time. Watchmen is a very, very dense comic-book story, even though it is a limited series, so perhaps bringing it to the small screen, where it could last, say, 12 hours instead of two and a half, might make sense.

What do you think? Is a new Watchmen adaptation a good idea?

(Via Collider)