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The long-gestating Watchmen TV franchise might have finally taken a step towards making it onto the small screen.
HBO has found a director for the Watchmen pilot, and showrunner Damon Lindelof has got Nicole Kassell on-board.
Kassell, who was one of the directors behind The Leftovers, will take on the role of executive producer for the pilot alongside Lindelof, according to Deadline.
The HBO series will be the second time the iconic comic book franchise has been adapted, as Zack Snyder brought the long-thought “unfilmable” series to the big screen back in 2009. Since then, the Watchmen have been incorporated into the wider DC Universe with Geoff Johns and Gary Frank’s Doomsday Clock storyline, which gave the renowned comic book characters even more mainstream exposure.
HBO President Casey Bloys spoke at a presentation during the TCAs, where Casey revealed how he felt when he got his hands on Lindelof’s screenplay.
“I’ve read the script, it’s amazing.
I’m thrilled, I imagine we’ll shoot that this year.”
The Watchmen was created by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons and tells the story of an alternate history where superheroes first emerged in the 1940s, and drastically alter the course of history. Set in 1985 as America and the Soviet Union inch ever closer to World War III, the comic centers around an investigation into the murder of ‘the Comedian’, a former costumed government agent, which leads to the discovery of a deadly conspiracy that would bring peace to the world at the cost of millions of lives.