A Watchmen series is being considered at HBO
Update: HBO has confirmed earlier reports with the following statement: “Preliminary discussions regarding Watchmen have occurred but we have no additional information and no deals are in place.” The original story follows.
Meetings have reportedly taken place between fan-favorite premium cable outlet HBO and director Zack Snyder about developing a Watchmen series, says Collider. What remains unclear is if the TV series would be a prequel to the film, a retelling of the original source material, or a sequel to the movie. Check back here for any updates as we learn them.
Snyder’s feature adaptation of Watchmen was released in 2009 and brought in just $185 million at the worldwide box office at the time. The long-awaited adaptation of the Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons series starred Malin Akerman, Billy Crudup, Matthew Goode, Jackie Earle Haley, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Carla Gugino, and Patrick Wilson. Adaptations of the series had been attempted by director Terry Gilliam and writer David Hayter, though neither ever went past the development stage.
Since the film’s release, DC Comics released an extensive “Before Watchmen” comic line, telling stories from the past of the heroes at the center which could serve as the basis for a television series.
Should the Watchmen series move forward, it’s unclear how much involvement Snyder would have in it as he’s currently editing Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and is beginning prep work on two Justice League films that will debut in 2017 and 2019.
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