Watchmen is one of the most beloved comic book series ever, so fans are definitely worried about how an upcoming HBO adaptation of the graphic novel will turn out. But a recent announcement should assuage their fears.
Damon Lindelof, the creator of Lost and The Leftovers whose in charge of the Watchmen show, announced on Instagram that the TV series will not be an adaptation of the graphic novel. Instead it will be an original show that acknowledges the events of the comic.
“Those original twelve issues are our Old Testament,” Lindelof writes about the graphic novel. “When the New Testament came along it did not erase what came before it. Creation. The Garden of Eden. Abraham and Isaac. The Flood. It all happened. And so it will be with ‘Watchmen.’ The Comedian died. Dan and Laurie fell in love. Ozymandias saved the world and Dr. Manhattan left it just after blowing Rorschach to pieces in the bitter cold of Antarctica.”
While the series apparently takes place after the comics, it will not be a sequel. Lindelof says the show will feature new characters and heroes, and will address issues that are more contemporary than the threat of nuclear annihilation that was present in the graphic novel (although that may be just as relevant today as then). He did also say he plans to revisit the adventures of costumed heroes in the past, so there may be some scenes depicting the older superheroes that are depicted in the comic books.
If you’re interested, you can read Lindelof’s full five page open letter to fans about the Watchmen TV series.