HBO’s Watchmen teaser trailer gives us new take on Alan Moore’s graphic novel

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Alan Moore’s Watchmen was adapted as a live-action movie from director Zack Snyder and screenwriters David Hayter and Alex Tse back in 2009. This fall, HBO will have its own take on Alan Moore’s graphic novel with a live-action Watchmen series created by Damon Lindelof (HBO’s The Leftovers, Star Trek Into Darkness). The network has released a teaser trailer, and already you can tell it’s a completely different take on the original source.

The series is a modern-day reimagining about masked vigilantes inspired by the graphic novel, and there are some homages including a group of people wearing the Rorschach masks. And then there’s Jeremy Irons, who looks to be inspired by Ozymandias.

Alan Moore has been open about his dislike for those adapting his works. In an open letter to fans, Lindelof talks about wanting to make Moore happy and says that his work in Watchmen is canon. That means the events from the comics have happened.

“We have no desire to ‘adapt’ the twelve issues Mr. Moore and Mr. Gibbons created thirty years ago,” Lindelof said. “Those issues are sacred ground and they will not be retread nor recreated nor reproduced nor rebooted.”

“They will, however, be remixed,” he added. “Because the bass lines in those familiar tracks are just too good and we’d be fools not to sample them. Those original twelve issues are our Old Testament. When the New Testament came along it did not erase what came before it. Creation. The Garden of Eden. Abraham and Isaac. The Flood. It all happened. And so it will be with ‘Watchmen.’ The Comedian died. Dan and Laurie fell in love. Ozymandias saved the world and Dr. Manhattan left it just after blowing Rorschach to pieces in the bitter cold of Antarctica.”

It 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.

Watchmen premieres on HBO this fall.

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