Watchmen showrunner Damon Lindelof has a very polite "F- You" for comic book writer Alan Moore.
Earlier this week, HBO programming president Casey Bloys went up to speak during a Television Critics Association Question and Answer segment, and during the session, the executive revealed that Moore wasn't "thrilled" to hear about HBO's new adaptation of his critically-acclaimed graphic novel, Watchmen.
The news really doesn't come as a surprise. Moore has opposed attempts at adapting his work before. The comic book writer wasn't happy when DC Comics did a series of Watchmen prequel comics. He wasn't happy when DC Comics decided to do a Watchmen crossover with the publishing how's main comic book line in Doomsday Clock. He wasn't happy when Zack Snyder adapted the novel for cinema.
Speaking in at the Television Critics Association summer press tour (via TV Guide), Lindelof responds to Alan Moore's reaction to the adaptation. The showrunner still respects the comic creator very much, calling Moore a "genius" even though he knows that the writer has "made it very clear that he doesn't want to have any association or affiliation with Watchmen."
Trying to follow Moore's method of thinking, Lindelof also theorized what Alan Moore might say if he were told that he wasn't allowed to something.
"He would say, ‘F–k you. I'm doing it anyway'… so I'm channeling the spirit of Alan Moore to tell Alan Moore, ‘F–k you. I'm doing it anyway,'" Lindelof said.
Lindelof is right, in a sense. Moore is likely to react the same way if he were in a scenario where he was told not to do something.
HBO's Watchmen is set for release sometime in October this year.