Watchmen is one of the most acclaimed graphic novels — heck, just plain novels — of all time, and it has a fan base that treats its pages as preciously as the Dead Sea Scrolls. The idea of properly adapting the book for the screen is ludicrous, as it's a cerebral, twisting, time-traveling period piece that mixes historical fiction with science fiction and overgrown blue men, and maybe even a giant squid-like alien creature.
So of course Damon Lindelof, the beloved (and sometimes behated) man behind The Leftovers and one of the creators of Lost and its ending, is turning Watchmen into a TV series for HBO. Lindelof, a huge fan of the book and one of prestige TV's pioneers, is a solid choice for the task, but his latest update on his adaptation will have several fans nervous. Yep, he's going to f*** with it.
Lindelof posted a wordy letter to fans via Instagram — five pages, photographed — talking about lots of stuff and even more stuff, but mostly Watchmen. It's couched in a lot of "I'm a real big fan of Watchmen" before he drops the hammer: His version of Watchmen will be set in modern day, whereas the book was set during the Cold War between the United States and Russia. Lindelof is going to add new characters with "new masks to cover them." He even used the words "disrupt" (and said he didn't like that word) and "remix." Grab your popcorn!
Lindelof is obviously fine to do what he chooses with Watchmen as he's getting paid to Lindelof it. And Zack Snyder's movie adaptation already took the route of a relatively faithful take on the original. And you know what? I say go for it, Damon! Switch it up! Change things! Give us something original! Lay some trademark Lindelof soundtrack dissonance on us. Make art.
Naturally, some fans of the revered comic are sweatin':
Watchmen was built around scrutinizing culture specific to the 80's if you take that away it's just your shallow reinterpretation— BARDOCKHAMPTON (@dylerius) May 22, 2018
But the point of Watchmen is that.. but it.. okay. pic.twitter.com/SsYi2LkKKb— Sufficient Owls 🦉 (@BenCHamlin) May 22, 2018
While others are hopeful:
After Damon Lindelof's "The Leftovers" - in which he finally nailed the clash of faith and science he'd been searching for with "Lost" and "Prometheus" - I'm eager to see what he does with "Watchmen" in a landscape dominated by both superhero escapism and political doom & gloom.— Siddhant Adlakha (@SidizenKane) May 22, 2018
me for my entire goddamn life: watchmen is just puffed up male nonsense that confuses being violent with being good— Molly Rose (@mollyunsinkable) May 22, 2018
me, reading that lindelof letter: !! READY !! TO !! GO !!
While some are just having a laugh:
Wow, I'm excited to see this bold new vision for Watchmen: pic.twitter.com/gWxE1qIbax— popular comedy account "the pixelated boat" (@pixelatedboat) May 22, 2018
that damon lindelof watchmen letter is incredible— Joshua Rivera (@jmrivera02) May 22, 2018
has there ever been a man more in a hell of his own making
What's your take on the situation? Do you want a traditional adaptation or are you ready for something fresh and potentially disastrous?
HBO has not yet ordered Watchmen to series.