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Damon Lindelof took to Instagram today to give an update on his long-percolating Watchmen project for HBO. And boy howdy, it’s something. The writer made a five-slide post of a letter written in a voice like that of Doctor Manhattan to try and get across his idea for his new series, as a way (it seems like) to try and head-off rabid fans who are primed to be wary of it (especially after the full-on mess that was Zack Snyder‘s 2009 movie). Essentially, Lindelof explains that he is not looking to adapt Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons‘ seminal graphic novel as one might expect. “Those issues are sacred ground and will not be retread nor recreated nor reproduced nor rebooted,” he wrote.
Instead, “They will however be remixed. 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.”
Sigh - Yeah - Thing - Post
Sigh, yeah. The whole thing is like that. Except worse. Here’s the post:
To be clear, Lindelof’s ideas sound really interesting (they usually do!) But this post is pretty insufferable … it goes on to say:
Story - World - Creators - Tradition - Work
“This story will be set in the world its creators painstakingly built…but in the tradition of the work that inspired it, this new story must be original,” he...
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