It was rumored back in June that a television adaptation of Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons seminal miniseries, Watchmen, was in early development at HBO with Damon Lindelof in talks to helm the series. Since then we have had very little information about the project. But now, a recent social media post by Lindelof suggests he is fully on board and that the series has entered pre-production .
On Instagram, Lindelof posted the above photo of the statue given to the original Nite Owl, Hollis Mason, as a reward for his many years as a costumed hero. The photo is captioned “Day One” suggesting that Lindelof’s adaptation of the Watchmen series is underway.
This comes after Lindelof cast doubt on his role in the project back in July. Citing his deep admiration for the source material he feared potentially not doing the project justice. Lindelof went on to say:
“I’ve been very vocal about my love for those 12 issues … that they were completely and totally inspiring for all the storytelling that I did subsequently, and that I owe a debt to it…I do feel like I have to weigh the balance of ‘should it exist’ before I decide to take it on, and I’m sort of in that process now. I hold the source material in such high regard, it would literally be the worst feeling in the world to screw it up … all I can say is I’m thinking about Watchmen a lot right now.”
But based on his recent Instagram post, Lindelof has a lot more Watchmen to think about. – Jacob Campbell
Source: Comic Book Resources
Created by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons, Watchmen is the story of an alternate history in which superheroes first emerged in the 1940s, drastically altering the course of history. Set in 1985, as the United States and the Soviet Union inch ever closer to World War III, the comic centers on the investigation into the murder of the former costumed government agent the Comedian, which leads to the discovery of a deadly conspiracy to defuse the powder keg and bring peace to the world at the expense of millions of lives.
Watchmen does not currently have a release date.