Alan Moore has always made it known that he is opposed to adaptations of his work. With HBO announcing its upcoming adaptation of Moore and Dave Gibbons' Watchmen, executives might have hoped to change his mind on the concept. However, HBO programming president Casey Bloys has revealed that Moore's stance on adaptations of his work has not altered.
When Bloys was asked in a Television Critics Association Q&A whether Moore had become more open to new adaptations, Bloys replied that Moore remains "not thrilled" about the concept, and added that Moore would not be consulting on the show either.
While this news may not be surprising, it would have been interesting to see a version of Watchmen that Moore actively endorsed. Of course, when Zack Snyder's film adaptation of Watchmen was announced, Moore famously declared that he "increasingly fear[ed] that nothing good can come of almost any adaptation." Moore was also opposed to the previous films based on his work, V for Vendetta and The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen.
Developed by Damon Lindelof, HBO's Watchmen stars Jeremy Irons, Regina King, Don Johnson, Tim Blake Nelson, Louis Gossett Jr., Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Tom Mison, James Wolk, Adelaide Clemens, Andrew Howard, Frances Fisher, Jacob Ming-Trent, Sara Vickers, Dylan Schombing, Lily Rose Smith and Adelynn Spoon. The series will premiere this fall.