Damon Lindelof, most known for his shows Lost and The Leftovers, is now producing an adaptation of DC/Vertigo's famous graphic novel 'The Watchmen,' written by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons.
The series was last depicted in the 2009 Zach Snyder film, but the upcoming HBO series has been pretty quiet regarding the nature of the upcoming television version. Recently leaked set photos however, have spoiled a lot when it comes to the plot, and the tone is sure to feel reminiscent of Lindelof's previous series The Leftovers.
According to the "Shelter signs" and newspapers leaked by /Film and @Watchmen_Brazil on Twitter, the series looks to take place immediately following the ending of the original series, and how the characters, who will be newly created for the series, deal with the aftermath of a great catastrophe.
The Leftovers, similarly, dealt with people in a small town reckoning with the fact that 2% of the population randomly vanished. Lindelof's Watchmen series will be set in Tulsa, Oklahoma, following a massive alien squid attacking and killing millions in New York City. The alien attack, perpetrated by the character Ozymandias, devastates New York, but ultimately ends the Cold War, by bringing all of the world's leaders together to plan for the next potential global attack.
“We have no desire to ‘adapt’ the twelve issues Mr. Moore and Mr. Gibbons created thirty years ago,” Lindelof stated on Instagram. "Those original twelve issues are our Old Testament. When the New Testament came along it did not erase what came before it. Creation. The Garden of Eden. Abraham and Isaac. The Flood. It all happened. And so it will be with Watchmen. The Comedian died. Dan and Laurie fell in love. Ozymandias saved the world and Dr. Manhattan left it just after blowing Rorschach to pieces in the bitter cold of Antarctica.”
As production on the series undergoes filming, the cast of Lindelof's upcoming Watchmen series for HBO includes Don Johnson, Regina King, Tim Blake Nelson, Louis Gossett Jr., Adelaide Clemens, and Andrew Howard, though no information exists for their roles or official plot. Watchmen does not currently have an official title or release date.