HBO has officially ordered the pilot for a Watchmen TV series from showrunner Damon Lindelof (Lost, The Leftovers). The project is an adaptation of the dark superhero movie that is based off of Alan Moore and Dave Gibbon's 1986 limited comic series. Though the movie fared okay at the box office, it received polarizing reviews to say the least. The big screen adaptation was praised by many for staying true to the source material, but also considered to be pretty boring by many fans and moviegoers.
Deadline reports that HBO has given the formal green light to get The Watchmen pilot off of the ground as well as an order of backup scripts for the project. Lindelof teased the project yesterday on social media with a post that was captioned as "Day One" and a picture of a writing room, leading many to the same conclusion, which was that the show was really finally happening after much talk and speculation. The DC project has been rumored for quite some time now, so it's nice to finally get an absolute, official announcement that the project is moving forward.
Rumors that Damon Lindelof was attached to the project sparked over the summer, after the acclaimed The Leftovers wrapped up its 3-season run. Lindelof will be taking over for Zack Snyder who helmed the big screen adaptation to the cult favorite comic miniseries. When asked over the summer if the rumors were true, Lindelof would neither confirm nor deny the rumors, but said that he found the source material to be, "completely and totally inspiring." While talking to TVline, the director also said that he cared a lot about the project and that it was not something that he wanted to "screw up."
It's important to note that just because Watchmen just got a pilot deal, that there is still a chance that the show could fall through. But the series is definitely in capable hands and LIndelof has spoken in the past about his passion for Alan Moore and Dave Gibbon's original source material. Plus, a series could allow the story to be told in the right pacing and cover just about everything that fans thought was missing or lacking in Zack Snyder's big screen adaptation.
If Watchmen ends up getting picked up by HBO, it will be the network's first-ever superhero series, one that is based on acclaimed and R-rated source material, which is something that HBO excels at. Again, the project is in Damon Lindelof's hands, coming right after the success of The Leftovers, so it's almost a guarantee that the show will move on past the pilot phase and hopefully usher in a new type of series for the network. There are no release dates or even casting news yet, but expect new of that nature to be dropping really soon now that the show is in the pilot phase.