Zack Snyder in Talks For Watchmen TV Series?
Zack Snyder is in early talks to turn iconic comic Watchmen into an HBO drama series.
Since the release of Watchmen, Snyder has become the mastermind of DC’s interconnected film universe with Man of Steel and the soon-to-be-released Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, so it should be no surprise that the architect of DC’s Extended Universe has met with HBO in recent days about bringing Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons’s beloved comic to life once again.
A HBO spokesperson told The Hollywood Reporter: “Preliminary discussions regarding Watchmen have occurred, but we have no additional information and no deals are in place.”
It’s not clear yet if this proposed HBO show will be a prequel, sequel or re-telling of Snyder’s 2009 film version of Watchmen, especially considering Snyder’s near three-hour movie underperformed at the box office. However, it’s growing cult following over the last six years suggests there is an audience out there to whom this sort of show could speak – a fad we’ve seen HBO use before with the success of Game of Thrones.
However, the Watchmen movie was made without the blessing or approval of original writer Alan Moore, who opposes any of his work being adapted into live action, with the original Watchmen published by DC Comics between 1986 and 1987 and serving as a sharp-edged critique of then-current American culture.
The limited run series told the story of a group of superheroes – Doctor Manhattan, the Comedian, Silk Spectre II, Nite Owl II and Ozymandias – being marked for death years after retiring from vigilantism.