Watchmen HBO Adaptation From Damon Lindelof

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  1. Dream

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    http://deadline.com/2017/09/watchme...174167/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

    Looks like HBO has jumped aboard the supehero hype train, good for them. With Game of Thrones close to ending they will need another big show. I liked the previous Watchmen movie, but there was still plenty of room for improvement.

    Lindelof is only adapting another person's work, so there shouldn't be fears of the story going off the rails later on.
     
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  2. Tosk

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    It depends. Are they adapting the book as-is, or are they trying to build it into a larger ongoing narrative? If it's the latter, there's plenty of chances it will fly off the tracks. I'm not saying it will, just that it could quite easily. :)
     
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  3. Venardhi

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    A straight adaptation of the book could likely sustain 2-3 seasons max. HBO hasn't been shy about limited series in the past though.
     
  4. dodge

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    That's what the 5 spinoffs are for ;)
     
  5. CelestialAeon

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    I have to say I'm hopeful. HBO tends to have good track record when it comes to these kinds of productions. Fingers crossed.
     
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    Looks intersting, I liked the movie alright but I'm up for another adaption.
     
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    There had better be lots of giant glowing blue dong, or I boycott. :rofl:
    It *should* have been what a new Wild Cards series was for. Those 5 spinoffs (which I think are doomed, because they combine over-saturation with HBO being oblivious to GoT having already peaked) have, I believe, effectively crushed my hopes for Wild Cards. :scream:
     
  8. Robert Maxwell

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    That's why people subscribe to HBO, after all.
     
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  9. Ethros

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    I'm excited for this but then I still think the movie did a fine job of adapting it; especially the Directors Cut and also the version with the Tales of the Black Freighter stuff in too. So many parts of the movie were faithful adaptions of panels from the comic, if the show does the same I wonder if it'd feel a bit samey.

    I also love the Motion Comic, that's quite a nice template for what a Watchmen 12-episode (very faithful) TV show would look like. But if they wanna throw in stuff from Before Watchmen too I'm all for that, why not. Not like Alan Moore will care either way.
     
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    I do wonder if they'll adapt any of the "Before watchmen" comics. I don't like the comic so I don't care either way, but if they wanted to have the show go past one season I could see them using some of those comics for content in a series, even if they have a bad reputation among Watchmen fans from what I've seen.

    As for Alan Moore, he's pretty much guaranteed to hate it regardless of quality. To be fair, he got royally screwed by DC over Watchmen, plus he had his League of Extraordinary Gentlemen concept completely ruined in that terrible movie, so it would make sense that he probably won't be happy about both another adaptation of his work or Watchmen being adapted again.
     
  11. Tosk

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    Feh. When he works with pre-existing characters it's art, but when other people do it it's vandalism? Screw that.
     
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    No, that's Skin...er, Cinemax. ;)
     
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    To be fair, the League of Extraordinary Gentlemen movie was legitimately terrible and an embarrassment for everyone involved. I like alan Moore's work fairly well but he's done some stupid stuff to, and I don't even like Watchmen. Heck, V for Vendetta is legitimately a top 10 best movie for me and I consider the comic to only be ok so I definitely think Moore's work can be adapted to be better then what he wrote. I'm just saying I don't think he'd be wrong to be irritated at this news.
     
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    Lindelof posted a letter on Instagram about the Watchmen tv series. It's not an adaptation of the comics or a sequel but an original story set in the same universe.
     
  15. Dream

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    That's good to hear. I didn't want a rehash of the movie, which itself was already a shot by shot copy of the comic.
     
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    Good, maybe it'll actually be enjoyable.
     
  17. crookeddy

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    Very strangely it was a shot by shot copy of the comic that lost almost all of the comic's main theme.
     
  18. dodge

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    I'm intrigued.
    It sucks we're in a climate where people have to ask "fans" not to hate them for trying something new though.
     
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    "Hello there. My name is Damon Lindelof and I am a writer. I am also the unscrupulous bastard currently defiling something you love" should be on his fucking business card. :guffaw:
     
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    So I can safely ignore it. Good.