Watchmen showrunner Damon Lindelof admits he only went through with the series after getting the approval of Dave Gibbons, the co-creator and artist of the original graphic novel.
Vulture recently spoke with Lindelof about creating the HBO series. Though Alan Moore has never been keen on his work being adapted to the big or small screen, Gibbons gave his blessing for the continuation of the story. When asked if he would have still gone forward with the show had Gibbons' not approved, Lindelof said, "Probably not."
He continued, "When we talked to Dave, Jeff and I, we were able to say to him, 'We’re not doing your 12 issues, we’re doing 30 years later. We’re going to have Veidt and Laurie. It wouldn’t be Watchmen if Dr. Manhattan didn’t make some kind of appearance. But it’s just going to be those three. They are in support of a new story. This isn’t their continuing adventures.' Dave is like, 'That sounds really cool.' If he had said, 'That doesn’t feel like Watchmen to me' or 'I think you’re getting a bit out over your skis,' that would have given me serious pause."
While Lindelof's meeting with Gibbons went well, with the artist appearing at the premiere for the series and even drawing new character Sister Night, the same is not the case for his attempt to get Moore's blessing. Lindelof sent Moore a letter asking for his approval, but the response he received mirrored Moore's line on not wanting his comics to be translated to other mediums.
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 premieres Oct. 20.