Alan Moore's Watchmen comic book is beloved by many, and has become known as one of the most well-crafted comic stories ever created since it was first released in 1986. So, it's only natural that there has been talk of bringing Watchmen to TV. Other comic characters have flourished on the small screen; why not the heroes of Watchmen? Rumor has had it for a while that Damon Lindelof of Lost and The Leftovers was working on an adaptation, although comments back in July were pretty discouraging. Now, Lindelof has seemingly revealed that Watchmen really is moving forward, as he shared this on social media:
No, Damon Lindelof didn't exactly snap a pic that definitively settled what's in the works, but his Instagram photo indicates that he is indeed starting production on a Watchmen project. The statue can only be a reference to the first Nite Owl, a.k.a. Hollis Mason. He received an In Gratitude statue upon retiring in the comic; it seems that such a statue is on hand for Lindelof and Co. as they get to work on a new adaptation.
We first heard Damon Lindelof's name connected to a Watchmen series in June, when it was reported that a show was in development at HBO with Lindelof on board as showrunner. The news broke shortly after the end of Lindelof's Leftovers on HBO, and it seemed only natural that he would stick around HBO for his next project. Not long after, however, Lindelof stated that he hadn't had any meetings with HBO about Watchmen and was hesitant to take on the responsibility of an adaptation, given his immense love and respect for Alan Moore's original.
Well, it seems that Damon Lindelof has decided that he can deal with the responsibility of bringing Watchmen to television, although it's worth noting that his photo of the In Gratitude statue doesn't reveal whether or not the project is now in development for HBO. A different network may be working on Watchmen with Lindelof attached. His "Day One" caption is definitely exciting for those of us who have been crossing our fingers for a Watchmen TV show, but it's not especially helpful in figuring out where the adaptation is actually taking place.
Watchmen has been adapted for the screen in the past, although not for television. Zack Snyder brought the heroes to the big screen in 2009, and reactions from fans were... mixed. Some loved it, some hated it, and some wished that it had never been produced. If a television series happens, it should be interesting to see how viewers react to an episodic format compared to the feature film format.