HBO and Damon Lindelof are setting up a pilot for a ‘Watchmen’ TV series. Watchmen is the 1986-87 comic series that was written by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons. The series is set to be a part of the same universe as the comic, but have new characters. The property was previously made into a film in 2009 directed by Zack Snyder.
Lindelof is a screenwriter and producer who co-created Lost and the HBO show The Leftovers. He has also co-written a lot of sci-fi films (Cowboys & Aliens, Prometheus, Tommorowland, and the Kelvin timeline Star Trek: Into Darkness).
We covered Lindelof’s statement about the series and how it came to be in his hands here.
The short version is that the show is both a sequel and a separate story from the original comic. It will be a modern retelling but with familiar style and situations.
“Those original 12 issues are our Old Testament,” Lindelof said. “It all happened… The Comedian died. Dan and Laurie fell in love. Ozymandias saved the world and Dr. Manhattan left it just after blowing Rorschach to pieces in the bitter cold of Antarctica.”
“Some of the characters will be unknown,” Lindelof added. “New faces. New masks to cover them.”
The big news today is that the cast of the new Watchmen series will include Regina King (The Boondocks, Big Bang Theory) in the lead role. She is joined by Don Johnson (Miami Vice), Tim Blake Nelson (Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt), Louis Gossett Jr. (An Officer & A Gentleman, Enemy Mine, Roots), Adelaide Clemons (Rectify, X-Men Origins: Wolverine), and Andrew Howard (Band of Brothers).
King (who worked with Lindelof on The Leftovers) is believed to be playing Angela Abraham, while Gossett Jr. is likely Old Man. Howard is said to be playing The Red Scare and Clemons could be Pirate Jenny. None of that is confirmed and details on the characters are being kept under wraps.
What do you guys think of the casting? Do you think Lindelof can do the property justice? Let us know in your comments.