Lindelof Isn’t Yet Set For HBO’s “Watchmen”

Writer/producer Damon Lindelof may have scored critical acclaim for the final two seasons of “The Leftovers” on HBO, but the underseen show isn’t what most people associate with him – they’re still arguing and mad over his work on “Lost,” “Prometheus” and “Star Trek Into Darkness”.

So when it was reported the other week that he potentially will have a hand in developing an HBO series adaptation of Alan Moore’s iconic graphic novel “Watchmen,” there was an understandable whirlwind of reaction.

In a new interview with TV Line, Lindelof suggests that nothing is official yet: “As of right now, I haven’t had any meetings with HBO about Watchmen.” He does, however, acknowledge that the network has approached in some form:

“I’ve been very vocal about my love for those twelve 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.”

The property was previously adapted by filmmaker Zack Snyder in 2009 with a quite faithful representation of the work. However, it landed to a tepid response from both critics and audiences, even if it has scored a little bit of a cult following in recent years.