'Watchmen': HBO orders for its very own superhero series based on Alan Moore's comic book
After staging a pilot, 'Watchmen' is finally getting its own showtime on HBO, probably being the network's first very own superhero series.
HBO has officially confirmed a full series, following the pilot stage, of Damon Lindelof's 'Watchmen,' which is based on the DC graphic novel by Alan Moore. The series which is set to debut in 2019 will look into the alternate history of some of the well-known superheroes where they are chiefly considered as outlaws.
Coming from the screenwriter of 'Lost' and 'The Leftovers,' the new series, as HBO states, will embrace "the nostalgia of the original groundbreaking graphic novel while attempting to break new ground of its own."
The cast, as massive as it can be, includes, Regina King, Jeremy Irons, Don Johnson, Tim Blake Nelson, Louis Gossett Jr., Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Adelaide Clemens, Andrew Howard, Tom Mison, Frances Fisher, Jacob Ming-Trent, Sara Vickers, Dylan Schombing, Lily Rose Smith, and Adelynn Spoon.
While Lindelof is penning down the series, director Nicole Kassell ('A Little Bit of Heaven') with direct the pilot and executive produce the series along with Lindelof, Stephen Williams, Joseph Iberti, and Tom Spezialy.
The show is being produced by White Rabbit for HBO in association with Warner Bros. Television.
In a letter which Lindelof wrote to his fans in May, he clearly stated that the show will not be just another version of the story. It will set the characters in the present day with a completely different story in the same world. "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."
HBO has also released a teaser graphic of what will probably be its first ever superhero series. With a tagline taken from an oft-quoted dialogue from Alan Moore's book, where Ozymandias asks Dr. Manhattan if he did the right thing and the doctor replies by saying, "In the end? Nothing ends, Adrian. Nothing ever ends," HBO will surely stir its viewership with some of its most-anticipated releases. Next year already seems to be a long wait for HBO's viewers who have been waiting for the release of some of the networks best shows, including 'Game of Thrones,' 'True Detective,' and 'Veep.'