Watchmen co-creator Alan Moore notoriously loathes adaptations of his seminal graphic novel. Regardless, the property became a film in 2009. Now, a decade later, HBO has a TV series followup to the comic in the works -- and creator Damon Lindelof isn't letting Moore's feelings stop him from continuing the story.
“It’s an ongoing wrestling match,” Lindelof shared at the TCA's Watchmen panel. However, he revealed his reaction to Moore's general attitude about adaptions was "Fuck you guys, I’m doing it anyway": "I am channeling the [punk rock] spirit of Alan Moore by saying fuck you to Alan Moore."
Damon Lindelof talks making #Watchmen and struggling with Alan Moore's disdain for any adaptations. He calls Alan Moore punk rock. So in that vein, he says this: "I am channeling the [punk rock] spirit of Alan Moore by saying fuck you to Alan Moore." #TCA19— Aᴀʀᴏɴ Pʀᴜɴᴇʀ (@AaronFlux) July 24, 2019
Nevertheless, Lindelof holds the source material in high regards. "We are not going to mess with it, its canon," he said of the original graphic novel.
Lindelof's Watchmen HBO series takes place years after the original comic, which ran 1986-1987. The official description of the series promises to "embrace the nostalgia of the original groundbreaking graphic novel of the same name while attempting to break new ground of its own."
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.