‘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” is getting the TV series treatment this fall by Damon Lindelof, is “not thrilled” about it, according to HBO programming president Casey Bloys.

Responding to a question Wednesday about whether Moore — who has famously been against any attempt to adapt his work for the screen — has changed his tune on that, Bloys said no.

“I think that remains the case. That he’s not thrilled,” he said during his executive session at the Television Critics Association press tour. Bloys added that Moore isn’t consulting on the show, which is being helmed by Damon Lindelof.

It’s not the first time “Watchmen” is getting adapted for the screen, however. Zack Snyder directed a film version of the 12-issue comic in 2009. However, Lindelof has promised that his take will not be a straight adaptation, but instead a “remix.” took to Instagram to share his early ideas for his take, explaining that the HBO series won’t be an adaptation or a 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.”

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.

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