Both HBO and producer Damon Lindelof have made it clear that the upcoming cable series adaptation of Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons’ iconic graphic novel “Watchmen” will be loyal in spirit but very different narratively from the original work.
It’s a welcome move, Zack Snyder’s 2009 film adaptation being an at times overly faithful adaptation – so much so there’s little need for another again so soon, especially with that film rising in estimation over the past near-decade. The pilot for the series began filming earlier with an impressive cast and while Moore famously won’t talk about adaptations of his work, Gibbons has spoken about the new series with EW saying:
“I do know a little about it. I’ve had conversations with Damon, and I’ve read the screenplay for the pilot. I don’t think it’s my place to say too much about it, other than I found Damon’s approach to be really refreshing and exciting and unexpected. I don’t think it’s gonna be what people think it’s going to be. It certainly wasn’t what I imagined it to be. I think it’s extremely fresh. I’m really looking forward to seeing it on the screen.
I’ve been resistant to the comic book prequels and sequels, but what Damon’s doing is not that at all, it’s very far away from that. While it’s very reverential and true to the source material (by which I mean the Watchmen graphic novel that Alan and I did), it’s not retreading the same ground, it’s not a reinterpretation of it. It approaches it in a completely unexpected way.”
Regina King, Don Johnson, Tim Blake Nelson, Louis Gossett Jr., Adelaide Clemens, Andrew Howard, Jeremy Irons, Tom Mison, Frances Fisher, Jacob Ming-Trent, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Sara Vickers, Dylan Schombing, Adelynn Spoon and Lily Rose Smith all star in “Watchmen” which is reportedly set to premiere sometime in 2019.