‘Watchmen’ Comic Creator ‘Not Thrilled’ About Adaptation, HBO’s Casey Bloys Says

TCA 2019: Like it or not, series debuts in October


Alan Moore, whose popular graphic novel “Watchmen” will provide the basis for an HBO drama created by Damon Lindelof, is “not thrilled” about the new project, HBO programming president Casey Bloys said Wednesday.

That’s not a surprise: Moore has famously opposed attempts to adapt his work for the screen. Asked if Moore has changed his stance, Bloys said no.

“I think that remains the case. That he’s not thrilled,” Bloys said in a Television Critics Association Q&A.

Bloys added that Moore isn’t consulting on the show. Again, no surprise.

Zack Snyder directed a film version of the 12-issue “Watchmen” comics series in 2009. Lindelof has said his take isn’t a remake or sequel, but a “remix.”

“This story will be set in the world its creators painstakingly built… but in the tradition of the work that inspired it, this new story must be original,” Lindelof wrote.

Moore wrote “Watchmen” with Dave Gibbons as the artist and colorist John Higgins in 1986. Alongside Frank Miller’s 1986 comics-series “The Dark Knight Returns,” “Watchmen” is often credited with introducing a more serious, nuanced an adult take on super-heroism.

The “Watchmen” cast includes Regina King, Jeremy Irons, Don Johnson, Tim Blake Nelson, Louis Gossett Jr., Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Adelaide Clemens, Andrew Howard, Tom Mison, Frances Fisher, Jacob Ming-Trent, Sara Vickers, Dylan Schombing, Lily Rose Smith, and Adelynn Spoon. Lindelof will write the series and executive produce, with Williams, pilot director Nicole Kassell, Tom Spezialy and Joseph Iberti also executive producing.

“Watchmen” will premiere on HBO in October.