Alan Moore is legendarily against any adaptations of his comic work into other mediums. And it’s Moore’s “punk rock spirit” that Watchmen TV series creator Damon Lindelof is tapping into to say “fuck you” to Moore by adapting his work anyway.
“It’s an ongoing wrestling match,” Lindelof revealed candidly of feelings about Moore’s feelings about Watchmen adaptations such as his. Yet, linking Moore and his work to the DYI spirit of first-generation punk rock, Lindelof also said his attitude, in the best spirit of V for Vendetta creator Moore, is “F*ck you guys, I’m doing it anyway.”
On the bright side, Lindelof is putting a modern twist on the adaptation. While the original comic series dealt with the threat of nuclear proliferation, the TV series will deal with the biggest threat of today: white supremacy.
“What in 2019 is the equivalent of the nuclear standoff between the Americans and the Russians? It is race and the police. There is no defeating white supremacy — it’s not going away,” EP Lindelof explained of the hate groups that populate the nine-episode Watchmen. “There are no easy answers and grandiose solution.”
HBO’s Watchmen series is set to release in October and stars Regina King, Jeremy Irons, Don Johnson, Jean Smart, Tim Blake Nelson, Louis Gossett Jr., Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Hong Chau, Andrew Howard, Tom Mison, Frances Fisher, Jacob Ming-Trent, Sara Vickers, Dylan Schombing, and James Wolk.