Damon Lindelof Gives 'Watchmen' Update: 'We Have No Desire to "Adapt"' Original Story

Variety | 5/22/2018 | Joe Otterson
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Damon Lindelof has said that the “Watchmen” pilot he is currently working on for HBO will not be a direct adaptation of the original graphic novel, but rather a completely new story set in the same world in the present day.

In a lengthy letter to fans posted to his Instagram, Lindelof addressed concerns about his potential series adaptation of the Alan Moore-Dave Gibbons classic.

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“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.”

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He went on to say that the show he is creating will not be a sequel to the original either.

“This story will be set in the world its creators painstakingly built…but in the tradition of the...
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