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HBO Developing Watchmen TV Series With Damon Lindelof

Who watches the Watchmen? HBO is hoping you will do.

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HBO wants to get in on the superhero action - and Damon Lindelof is the man tasked with the job.

With The Leftovers' critically-acclaimed run coming to an end, the cable channel are reportedly making a move to keep him in the family with a comic book adaptation. Not just any comic book either, but Alan Moore's seminal Watchmen series.

The movie was adapted into a divisive feature film by Zack Snyder in 2009, and HBO were previously developing another take on it a couple of years ago, with Snyder himself involved, but those talks didn't amount to anything.

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There was also Adi Shankar's Gods and Secrets, which was said to be heavily inspired by Watchmen, though there's been little word on that recently.

This is a new version independent of those previous efforts, although according to Deadline talks are in a very preliminary stage right now. Lindelof has spoken in the past of his love for the series, and after his work on The Leftovers he's a natural choice for HBO.

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Quite what form the series would take is unclear at this point. Will it be a relatively straightforward adaptation of the graphic novel? A take on the preqeul series, Before Watchmen? Something that blends the two, or adds in plenty of new material?

Whatever route they go down, with more time than a movie to tell its story, TV could be a better fit than the cinema was.

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