Damon Lindelof’s ‘Watchmen’ HBO Series Will Not Be an Adaptation or a Sequel…and That’s a Good Thing

/Film | 5/22/2018 | Jacob Hall
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Adapting Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons‘ bold and brilliant Watchmen is a fool’s errand. And Damon Lindelof, who is spearheading a television version of the iconic comic for HBO, knows this.

In a new letter, the divisive writer and producer has revealed that his take on the material will not be a direct adaptation of the comic. Nor will it be a direct sequel, even though it will take place in the same world.

And you know what? Good.

The five-page letter Damon Lindelof posted to his Instagram feels like a dozen different things at once. An apology for making a Watchmen TV series. An excuse for making a Watchmen TV series. A defense of making a Watchmen TV series. An extended stylistic homage to Watchmen itself, borrowing the language and structure of Doctor Manhattan, the god-like superhero from the original comic who experiences all moments in time at once.

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In any case, it’s pure Lindelof: ambitious, heart-on-his-sleeve, soul-on-the-floor, raw and honest stuff. This is definitely the guy who helped run Lost for six seasons and then returned to television with the beautiful, terrifying, and brilliant HBO series The Leftovers.

Towards the ends of the letter (which you can read in its entirely below), Lindelof begins to explain his vision for what a Watchmen TV series even looks like. And it’s not an actual adaptation. In this show, the events of Watchmen happened. Those who died, died. Those who fell in love, fell in love. Those who left this universe behind, left this universe behind. This is canon. But it’s not the show he plans to make:

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We have no desire to ‘adapt’ the twelve issues Mr. Moore and Mr. Gibbons created thirty years ago. Those issues are sacred ground and will not be retread nor recreated nor reproduced nor rebooted. They will however be remixed....
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