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Television series based on the DC Comics series Watchmen, published 1986-1987.
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“Downsizing” actress Hong Chau has scored a key role on HBO’s upcoming series adaptation of Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons’ iconic limited comic series “Watchmen”. Chau is expected to play a Vietnamese character named Lady T.
The series aims to embrace the nostalgia skewering dark satire of the original graphic novel while attempting to break new ground at the same time.
HBO’s “Watchmen” showrunner Damon Lindelof has made it clear before that the new series is not an adaptation of the Alan Moore comic but rather a follow-up set decades later. Speaking with Entertainment Weekly this week ahead of the show’s October 20th premiere, Lindelof explained how to categorize the show:
“Look, [the new series] certainly fits into the ‘sequel’ box, and definitely doesn’t fit into the ‘reboot’ box. We treat the original 12 issues as canon. They all happened. We haven’t done any revisionist history, but we can maneuver in between the cracks and crevices and find new stories there. We wanted to make sure our first episode felt like the beginning of a new story rather than a continuation of an old story. That’s what I think a sequel is — the continuation of an old story.”
Before it became one of the year’s most acclaimed TV series on HBO, and before it was adapted into a feature by Zack Snyder a decade ago, another failed attempt was made to bring Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons’ iconic comic “Watchmen” to the big screen.
Writer/director David Hayter was at one point attached to do a “Watchmen” film and shot some test footage for said project back in 2001 – a scene with British actors Ray Stevenson as Rorschach and Iain Glen as Nite Owl II. That version obviously never worked out and didn’t make it any further, but now that test footage has been released online.
Terry Gilliam, Darren Aronofsky and Paul Greengrass were all linked to a “Watchmen” film at one point or another, even as the property was shifted between four different studios.
Hayter’s script was set in 2004 (not the 1980s) and made some other key changes, one of them being the famous giant squid ending was changed to several nuclear explosions around the world – a change that Snyder’s final film ultimately incorporated (and which the HBO series has ignored).