Who watches the Watchmen? Maybe you, soon, on HBO. The network is reportedly in talks with Damon Lindelof — co-creator of Lost and The Leftovers — to adapt the seminal graphic novel for the small screen.
It’s not the first time that Watchmen — written by Alan Moore, with art by Dave Gibbons — has been adapted for screen. Director Zack Snyder turned out his take on the story in 2009, giving it lavish slow-mo shots and receiving mixed reviews in the process. HBO, too, tried in 2014 to get a Watchmen TV project off the ground in 2014, apparently speaking to Snyder about a deal in discussions that eventually fell apart.
Lindelof’s version of Watchmen would not involve Snyder, Variety says, but instead start again from scratch. It’s not clear whether it would once again tell the story laid out in the book itself, or whether it would explore further the characters of Silk Spectre, Doctor Manhattan, Rorschach, and the other fallible superheroes featured within. It too may not come to fruition — Deadline says the project is still in the deal-making phase — but HBO and Lindelof could be good fits for the cerebral comic.