Lost writer Damon Lindelof's Watchmen TV series begins airing on HBO this October. And I don't know about you, but I was blown away by the recent trailer that launched over at Comic-Con. Now I'm counting down the days until I can peep the first season for myself. And speaking of which, today we have word that Lindelof touched on Watchmen co-creator Alan Moore's decision to distance himself from the new adaptation of his graphic novel.
While at the summer edition of the Television Critics Association press tour on Wednesday, Damon Lindelof joked.
"As someone who's entire identity is based around a very complicated relationship with my dad, who I constantly need to prove myself to and never will, Alan Moore is now that surrogate. The wrestling match will continue. I do feel like the spirit of Alan Moore is a punk rock spirit, a rebellious spirit, and that if you would tell Alan Moore, a teenage Moore in '85 or '86, 'You're not allowed to do this because Superman's creator or Swamp Thing's creator doesn't want you to do it,' he would say, 'F- you, I'm doing it anyway.' So I'm channeling the spirit of Alan Moore to tell Alan Moore, 'F- you, I'm doing it anyway.'"
He then immediately followed up with this.
"That's clickbait, guys! Clickbait!"
Har, har, Lindelof. Har, har. Anyhow, moving on, Lindelof gets a bit more serious about how he feels regarding Alan Moore disregarding his version, admitting this.
"I don't think that I've made peace with it. Alan Moore is a genius, in my opinion, the greatest writer in the comic medium and maybe the greatest writer of all time. He's made it very clear that he doesn't want to have any association or affiliation with Watchmen ongoing and that we not use his name to get people to watch it, which I want to respect."
Lindelof goes on to promise that the original source material isn't being rewritten in his version, saying this.
"We reexplore the past but its canon. Everything that happened in those 12 issues could not be messed with. We were married to it. There is no rebooting it. All I can say is I love the source material. I went through a very intense period of terror of f-ing it up. I'm not entirely sure I'm out of that tunnel. But I have a tremendous amount of respect for this. I had to separate myself a little bit from this incredible reverence to take risks."
Good luck to you, brother. I know I will be tuning in this October!
Damon Lindelof created the Watchmen series for HBO based on the classic graphic novel by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons. Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross are composing the score for the new show. On top of creating this new version of Watchmen Damon Lindelof also serves as the show's executive producer along with Nicole Kassell, Tom Spezialy, and Joseph Iberti. White Rabbit, Warner Bros. Television, and DC Entertainment are the powers that be behind the scenes of this new series which will be hitting HBO this October. Meanwhile, this story comes to us from Entertainment Weekly.