Watchmen TV Show Reportedly in Development at HBO With Damon Lindelof

DC Comics’ Watchmen is in development again at HBO as a TV series, according to multiple reports. Damon Lindelof – co-creator and showrunner on Lost – is said to be in talks with the network, fresh off the completion of his critically-acclaimed drama The Leftovers.

According to unnamed sources who spoke with Variety and The Hollywood Reporter, the project is in the early stages of development, with no official deal in place as yet. Hence, both HBO and Warner Bros. Television – which holds the rights to Watchmen – have declined to comment.

If true, this is HBO’s second attempt at getting the iconic limited comic book series to its platform, after an initial attempt back in 2014. Zack Snyder, who directed the Watchmen feature film in 2009, was attached to the TV project, but isn’t a part of the new discussion. That seems obvious, given Snyder temporarily stepped away from film-making last month to focus on his family after his daughter’s suicide.

Watchmen TV Show Reportedly in Development at HBO With Damon LindelofLindelof will be starting from scratch on the revived series development, according to Variety. Though The Leftovers failed to ever get a sizeable audience on HBO, it was a hit with critics, particularly towards its end. That seems to have been enough for HBO to place its trust with Lindelof.

For those unaware, Watchmen – created by writer Alan Moore, artist Dave Gibbons, and colourist John Higgins – ran for 12 issues between 1986-87. It depicted an alternate sci-fi history where the emergence of superheroes in the 1940s helped US later win the Vietnam War, and followed a bunch of former heroes come out of retirement to investigate the murder of one of their own.

Lindelof has co-written a number of sci-fi films previously, including Star Trek into Darkness, Prometheus, Cowboys & Aliens, and Tomorrowland. For HBO, a Watchmen series – which would take at least a few years of development – would help fill the gap that Game of Thrones is soon going to create.

Game of Thrones Season 7 Trailer: A Forgotten Common Enemy Amidst All the Infighting

HBO released a new trailer for Game of Thrones’ upcoming season 7 on Wednesday night, which begins with a teary-eyed Sansa Stark solemnly walking in Winterfell, and ends with her narrating a powerful line that’s reminiscent of Rudyard Kipling’s law of the jungle.

In between, the two-minute clip expands on the several Westerosi conflicts that need resolving in the new season, providing us glimpses of more than a dozen favourite characters. It’s all set to composer Ramin Djawadi’s rousing masterpiece from the season 6 soundtrack, Light of the Seven.

Where the first trailer focused on the ruler-trifecta of Cersei Lannister, Jon Snow, and Daenerys Targaryen, the second expands its worldview to show snippets of what other characters will be up to. In the beginning, Bran and Meera are waiting for one of the Wall gates to open, and it’s hinted that Jon is waiting on the other side.

Game of Thrones Season 7 Trailer: A Forgotten Common Enemy Amidst All the InfightingThen, it quickly runs through Cersei, Daenerys, Arya, Jaime, and (a creepy) Littefinger, before a voiceover from Jon: “For centuries, our families fought together against their common enemy. Despite their differences. Together,” to shots of Daenerys exploring her new home, and Tyrion looking at the three huge dragons. He then adds: “We need to do the same if we’re going to survive. ‘Cause the enemy is real. It’s always been real.”

Post that, there’s a ton of action in the new trailer, including shots of The Hound, Beric Dondarrion with a flaming sword, hundreds of Greyjoy ships, the Unsullied, Jaime charging through an empty blazing battlefield, and Drogon flying low over a Dothraki horde.

Game of Thrones returns July 16 on HBO, July 17 on Hotstar, and July 18 on Star World.