HBO’s ‘Watchmen’ will be a “remixed” version of the original story set in present day

Regina King is set to star in new series

Damon Lindelof has revealed that the new ‘Watchmen’ series will be a “remixed” version of the original story, set to take place in present day.

The writer is currently penning a pilot episode based on the beloved graphic novel and gave fans an update via a lengthly letter on Instagram.

“We have no desire to ‘adapt’ the twelve issues Mr. Moore and Mr. Gibbons created thirty years ago,” Lindelof wrote. “Those issues are sacred ground and will not be retread nor recreated nor reproduced nor rebooted.”

“They will however be remixed,” he continued. “Because the bass lines in those familiar tracks are just too good and we’d be fools not to sample them. Those original twelve issues are our Old Testament. When the New Testament came along it did not erase what came before it. Creation. The Garden of Eden. Abraham and Isaac. The Flood. It all happened. And so it will be with ‘Watchmen.’ 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.” See the post below.

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He added that the show won’t be a sequel to the original. “This story will be set in the world its creators painstakingly built…but in the tradition of the work that inspired it, this new story must be original,” he said.

“It has to vibrate with the seismic unpredictability of its own tectonic plates. It must ask new questions and explore the world through a fresh lens. Most importantly, it must be contemporary. The Old Testament was specific to the Eighties of Reagan and Thatcher and Gorbachev. Ours needs to resonate with the frequency of Trump and May and Putin and the horse that he rides around on, shirtless. And speaking of Horsemen, The End of the World is off the table…which means the heroes and villains–as if the two are distinguishable–are playing for different stakes entirely.

“Some of the characters will be unknown,” he continued. “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.”

The cast of the new series has also been revealed with Regina King bagging the lead role. Don Johnson, Tim Blake Nelson, Adelaide Clemens, Andrew Howard and Academy Award-winning actor Louis Gossett Jr. will join her.