HBO Orders Watchmen Adaptation From Damon Lindelof

HBO has given a series order to Watchmen, Damon Lindelof's adaptation of the seminal DC comic by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons.

The first season will premiere next year, but TVLine reports the cable network declined to say how many episodes to expect.

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Like the influential 1986-1987 comic, Watchmen is set in an alternate history in which "superheroes" are treated as outlaws. Lindelof, the co-creator of Lost and The Leftovers, has been clear the drama won’t be a direct adaptation of Watchmen, which he’s described as “sacred.” “Those issues are sacred ground and they will not be retread nor recreated nor reproduced nor rebooted,” he wrote. “They will however be remixed.”

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Watchmen's all-star cast includes Jeremy Irons, Regina King, Don Johnson, Tim Blake Nelson, Louis Gossett Jr., Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Tom Mison, Adelaide Clemens, Andrew Howard, Frances Fisher, Jacob Ming-Trent, Sara Vickers, Dylan Schombing, Lily Rose Smith and Adelynn Spoon.

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Long considered "unfilmable," Watchmen was nevertheless adapted by director Zack Snyder as a 2009 feature that, while largely faithful to the source material, proved polarizing with critics and audiences alike.

The original miniseries looms large in superhero comics, and has been revisited by DC in the 2012 prequel miniseries Before Watchmen and, currently, Doomsday Clock, which links the events and characters of Watchmen to DC Rebirth continuity.

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