Avengers: Infinity War might be the hottest superhero movie being discussed right now but for fans of television, there's one project coming that has viewers anxious; Watchmen. Many call this the greatest comic book ever written, so adapting the material once was already something big, let alone twice.
Unlike Zack Snyder's live-action film adaptation, which was basically the graphic novel on the big screen with a different ending, HBO might stray away from the source material even more. They did it once with Game of Thrones, though that was in the later seasons, and they look to be doing it again here.
Damon Lindelof, the man adapting Watchmen to the small screen for HBO, revealed that this won't be a direct adaptation of the graphic novel. During the Bookish with Sonya Walger podcast, Lindelof revealed that his adaptation would be more akin to Noah Hawley's remake of Fargo, which took plenty of liberties with the original to tell something new.
"[Adapting] may be the right word, at the end of the day. Do you watch Fargo at all? I wouldn't call Noah Hawley's version of Fargo an adaptation because the movie exists inside of his world, and so everything that happened in the movie Fargo, it does precede the television show Fargo. So they find a bag of money in the first season, and you go, 'Oh, that came from the movie.' But it's also, Noah is pulling from other areas of the Coen brothers' canon, so it evokes like Lebowski, but it's also his own thing."
Furthermore, he compared his adaptation to Alan Moore's original pitch for Watchmen, which originally had Charleton Comics heroes like Blue Beetle and The Question before the writer was forced to change the story and have original characters. Moore has made it clear that he hates adaptations of his work since they never seem to do the source material justice, though it's worth noting that his League of Extraordinary Gentlemen series uses other famous characters as well.
"That's the spirit of what he did with Watchmen in the first place. It's not to take [anything from him]. He created this -- it's an original -- but the basis for that world is on these other characters that DC had just bought from this comics company called Charlton. And he did rips on those characters."
HBO's Watchmen has no release date yet, as of this writing.