After several months of development, the Watchmen television series executive produced and written by Damon Lindelof has now received a series order from HBO in addition to receiving a 2019 release date. The show is adapted from Alan Moore & Dave Gibbons’ DC graphic novel about an alternate world where superheroes are considered to be outlaws. The large cast of the series includes the likes of Regina King, Jeremy Irons, Don Johnson, and Tim Blake Nelson.
HBO’s Watchmen is said to stay close to the source material while taking a few liberties to make the experience fresh. Unlike the graphic novel, which took place in an alternate 1985, the show will take place in the modern day with a new set of characters and scenarios. According to Lindelof, the narrative will focus on similar themes but without using the established characters:
“Some of the characters will be unknown. New faces. New masks to cover them. We also intend to revisit the past century of Costumed Adventuring through a surprising yet familiar set of eyes…and it is here we will be taking our greatest risks.”
Nicole Kassell and Stephen Williams will direct certain episodes of the show, in addition to executive producing with Lindelof, Joseph Iberti, and Tom Spezialy. White Rabbit will produce the series while Warner Bros. Television will distribute it. Further plot and character details will be provided as the series enters its shooting schedule.