'Watchmen' Series Officially Coming To HBO In 2019
by Dylan Blight
HBO has officially ordered a full series of the Damon Lindelof written adaptation of Alan Moore's seminal graphic novel, Watchmen, with a slated release date of 2019.
Based on the 1986 graphic novel by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons, the series will be written by Lindelof who also serves as creator and executive producer along with Nicole Kassell, Tom Spezialy, Stephen Williams and Joseph Iberti. Kassell served as the pilot director, while Williams is credited as a director as well; it's possible the two may be the directors for the full series as well.
Although no characters have officially been revealed yet, the cast does include Regina King, Jeremy Irons, Don Johnson, Tim Blake Nelson, Louis Gossett Jr. and Yahya Abdul-Mateen II. Fans have speculated about Irons portraying the godlike Dr Manhatten in the series, but as of now, nothing is confirmed. As the shows description notes as well, the show will be "attempting to break new ground of its own" and has also been referred to as a remix, so how many of the beloved characters from the graphic novel will make it to the series, could potentially be minimal.
The series description reads:
"Set in an alternate history where “superheroes” are treated as outlaws, WATCHMEN embraces the nostalgia of the original groundbreaking graphic novel while attempting to break new ground of its own."