HBO officially gives an order for Damon Lindelof’s Watchmen pilot
On Tuesday, Damon Lindeloff posted a pic on his Instagram account from what appeared to be a Watchmen writers’ room showing a certain vigilante’s legs on a statue with the words, “In gratitude.” The caption on the pic was, “Day One.” Today, HBO has officially ordered the Watchmen pilot, according to Variety. The cabler has also committed to additional backup scripts in addition to the Watchmen pilot.
Originally published as a 12-issue miniseries beginning in 1986, Watchmen quickly become one of sequential art’s most acclaimed stories. Zack Snyder’s feature adaptation of Watchmen, meanwhile, was released in 2009 and brought in just $185 million at the worldwide box office. The cast includes Malin Akerman, Billy Crudup, Matthew Goode, Jackie Earle Haley, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Carla Gugino, and Patrick Wilson.
Since the film’s release, DC Comics released an extensive “Before Watchmen” comic line, telling stories from the pasts of the central characters. More recently, DC Comics has made efforts to integrate Watchmen into the broader DC Multiverse.
Lindelof, whose The Leftovers recently concluded its three-season run, is best known for co-creating the hit ABC series Lost. His contributions to the big screen include scripting films like Prometheus, Tomorrowland and Star Trek Into Darkness.
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