In a move some find controversial, Lost creator Damon Lindelof will be adapting Watchmen for HBO. The company had been wanting to launch this project for some time and Lindelof's pitch led to an order of a pilot episode, along with additional scripts. Fans have been wondering why we even need a series since many think the original source material is considered a masterpiece and some like Zack Snyder's film, claiming it's underrated. Lindelof gave an interesting explanation as to why he's making it.
Lindelof told Vulture that the original source material was dangerous and that we are in need of dangerous shows. He explains that they can't make dangerous shows for the sake of it, but given the times we're living in, the show could be more relevant than ever. It's a very interesting statement and one that makes the upcoming HBO series more tantalizing.
The writer also claims that we shouldn't be trusting superheroes, which the original source material illustrated perfectly. "What we think about superheroes is wrong," he said. "I love the Marvel movies and we saw Justice League this morning and I'm all for Wonder Woman and Batman and I grew up on these characters, but we should not trust people who put on masks and say that they are looking out for us. If you hide your face, you are up to no good."
He also praised Alan Moore, the writer of Watchmen and a number of excellent comics, saying that he isn't just one of comics best writers, but is one of the best authors out there period. Lindelof mentioned how the comic was made in the mid-80's but is still quite relevant today. Basically, the comic is timeless and anyone who considers themselves a fan should pick up a collection for it now.
No release date for the Watchmen series has been given.