There's been progress on the TV adaption of the DC Comics 1986 graphic novel
HBO president Casey Bloys as given an update about the network’s Watchmen TV adaptation.
The adaptation of the DC Comics 1986 graphic novel series was confirmed back in September. It will be made by Damon Lindelof, who co-created Lost and The Leftovers.
He previously told TV Line he wasn’t sure about an adaptation, saying: “I hold the source material in such high regard, it would literally be the worst feeling in the world to screw it up.”
Speaking during the pay cable network’s presentation at the TCA, HBO president Casey Bloys has now revealed a progress update on the project.
He stated that he has seen Damon Lindelof’s screenplay for the series’ pilot. “I’ve read the script, it’s amazing,” he said. “I’m thrilled, I imagine we’ll shoot that this year.”
The original comic was created by writer Alan Moore, artist Dave Gibbons, and colourist John Higgins.
It depicts an alternate history where superhero presence in the 1940s and 1960s meant the US won the Vietnam War, and the Watergate scandal – a major political scandal in the 1970s – was never exposed.
Previously, Zach Snyder directed a 2009 film adaption of the book, but sources have told Entertainment Weekly that the TV adaptation will be completely different to the film.
At the time of the movie, Lindelof praised Snyder’s version of the film calling it “the most married-to-the-original-text version of Watchmen that could’ve been made”.