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HBO's 'Watchmen' Will Not Be Direct Adaptation, But A New "Remixed" Story


 


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 10 months ago '04        #1
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HBO's 'Watchmen' Will Not Be Direct Adaptation, But A New "Remixed" Story
 

 
Watchmen is heading to television—but in a way you might not expect, according to producer and writer Damon Lindelof. In a new letter to fans, the creator channels some of the series’ most beloved moments to explain what’s in store when it eventually makes its way to HBO.

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Posted to Instagram today in reaction to discussions about the show adapting one of the most highly-regarded comic series of all time, Lindelof’s letter—formatted in the style of Dr. Manhattan’s pensive thoughts on Mars in Watchmen #4—is deeply and surprisingly personal. It charts his own history experiencing Watchmen for the first time as a child, his relationship with his father, all the way to being given the opportunity to bring the series to TV. And why, at first, he declined to do so:

It’s pretty lengthy—there’s multiple pages that you’ll have to head on over to Instagram itself to see, but Lindelof not only makes it clear that he ardently loves Watchmen as a body of work, but firmly believes in Alan Moore’s wishes that the story told in Watchmen is a story that can only be told in the medium of comics. And so, Lindelof’s revelation: The Watchmen TV series won’t actually adapt Watchmen itself.

HBO’s Watchmen will be set after the events of the comic, and tell an original story in the supposedly peaceful world left in the wake of Adrian Veidt’s shocking plan to avoid nuclear war:

We have no desire to ‘adapt’ the twelve issues Mr. Moore and Mr. Gibbons created thirty years ago. Those issues are sacred ground and will not be retread nor recreated nor reproduced nor rebooted.

They will however be remixed. Because the bass lines in those familiar tracks are just too good and we’d be fools not to sample them. Those original twelve issues are our Old Testament. When the New Testament came along it did not erase what came before it. Creation. The Garden of Eden. Abraham and Isaac. The Flood. It all happened. And so it will be with Watchmen. The Comedian died. Dan and Laurie fell in love. Ozymandias saved the world and Dr. Manhattan left it just after blowing Rorschach to pieces in the bitter cold of Antarctica.
Which, interestingly enough, is something DC Comics itself is currently doing in the pages of Doomsday Clock. But, Lindelof continues, the story will not follow the familiar faces of the original Watchmen, but feature new characters and new perspectives, and a tone more in line with the modern world we live in rather than the ‘80s that the original Watchmen was soaked in:

But we are not making a “sequel” either. This story will be set in the world its creators painstakingly built…but in the tradition of the work that inspired it, this new story must be original. It has to vibrate with the seismic unpredictability of its own tectonic plates. It must ask new questions and explore the world through a fresh lens. Most importantly, it must be contemporary. The Old Testament was specific to the Eighties of Reagan and Thatcher and Gorbachev. Ours needs to resonate with the frequency of Trump and May and Putin and the horse that he rides around on, shirtless. And speaking of Horsemen, The End of the World is off the table… which means the heroes and villains–as if the two are distinguishable–are playing for different stakes entirely.
Lindelof’s letter goes on to note that this doesn’t mean Watchmen’s past is off the table for the show—he teases that “a surprising, yet familiar set of eyes” will look back into the costumed history of the Minutemen and the old heroes of Watchmen’s history. But beyond that, it turns out the new Watchmen show is going to be unlike anything we expected out of it.

14 comments for "HBO's 'Watchmen' Will Not Be Direct Adaptation, But A New "Remixed" Story"

 10 months ago '04        #2
KREW 28 heat pts28
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Not sure how I feel about the show now since we won't be getting the OG characters

 10 months ago '14        #3
G.W. 264 heat pts264
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More nerd sh*t. Y’all taking over tv and movies.

 10 months ago '07        #4
CadillacVyse 1018 heat pts1018
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Hopefully it's better than that boring a*s movie.

Top 10 most slapped recently  10 months ago '17        #5
O1as 280 heat pts280
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Well that was a long read, anyway I'm in if we can get Rorschachs revenge through the fanatics that try to take up the mantle of Rorschachs infamy.

 10 months ago '12        #6
styxz 9 heat pts
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None of these people seem to understand the source material. That's why that movie ended up not hitting like it should have.

Watchmen is like a serious version of Deadpool. It's a deconstruction of a genre, from a particular moment in time.

You try to tell that same story now, without the context and out of the comics format, you end up with some goofy Ayn Rand fanfic. Hope the show don't come out like that too.

 10 months ago '15        #7
Majestoso 31 heat pts31
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 CadillacVyse said
Hopefully it's better than that boring a*s movie.
easily top 5 comic book movie

 10 months ago '15        #8
Majestoso 31 heat pts31
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Can't wait, this will be good

 10 months ago '07        #9
CadillacVyse 1018 heat pts1018
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 Majestoso said
easily top 5 comic book movie
Ive only seen ppl on bx say this. You may have loved it, thats cool. Movie was not that entertaining to me at all.

 10 months ago '13        #10
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 G.W. said
More nerd sh*t. Y’all taking over tv and movies.
Uhhh, hate to break it to you, but nerds have ruled the world for a long time. You think top management from the most powerful companies in the world were jocks in high school and college? Nah, they were too busy studying and learning how to do more important things.

Get with the times, broseidon.

 10 months ago '17        #11
Coffee 46 heat pts46
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 Majestoso said
easily top 5 comic book movie
Not even close. Not by a long shot.

 10 months ago '17        #12
Coffee 46 heat pts46
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 CadillacVyse said
Ive only seen ppl on bx say this. You may have loved it, thats cool. Movie was not that entertaining to me at all.
And you're not the only one.

 10 months ago '08        #13
SlickJ101 26 heat pts26
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Lindelof I have no more expectations.

 10 months ago '15        #14
Majestoso 31 heat pts31
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 CadillacVyse said
Ive only seen ppl on bx say this. You may have loved it, thats cool. Movie was not that entertaining to me at all.
Yeah, i respect your opinion, its just my personal opinion.

 10 months ago '15        #15
Majestoso 31 heat pts31
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 Coffee said
Not even close. Not by a long shot.
To you, thats my personal opinion lol

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