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HBO and Zack Snyder looking at bringing Watchmen to our TV screens

October 2nd, 2015 by Matt Gault Comments

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Director Zack Snyder may already be busy with Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, and just about everybody else in the DC universe, but that’s not stopping him from revisiting another group of superheroes he’s already worked on.

HBO has confirmed that it is in “preliminary talks” with the filmmaker about a TV series adaptation of Watchmen, the classic Alan Moore graphic novel that Snyder turned into a feature back in 2009.

That film adaptation of Watchmen was well received for its faithfulness to the source material, recreating striking visuals and even specific frames from Moore’s book. That led to a big opening weekend, after which audience interest quickly evaporated, with even die-hard fans criticising the condensed plot and Snyder changing the ending.

Ultimately, Snyder’s movie adaptation barely passed $100 million at the U.S. box office in what was a disappointing return.

Television, however, offers a completely different format that’s arguably much better suited for the complex structure of the source material — and a better canvas for a broader story. In other words, it has the potential to be completely awesome!

However, it’s not clear what form a potential TV series would take, be it a straight adaptation, sequel, or prequel — nor what Snyder’s precise involvement would have. He could be merely a producer – it might even tie into the movie and pick up the story of the Before Watchmen comic series.

However, HBO has proven with Game of Thrones that genre fiction can have incredible crossover appeal when played as drama, and with Netflix building out a slate of Marvel superhero shows, the network definitely wants to get in on the act.


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Matt Gault is a sports writer and film fanatic. He is a fully-qualified journalist and has worked for BBCNI, Sunday Life and has been published on The Guardian's website. He interns at REDNI, sub-editing for the Belfast Telegraph. He studied at Queen's University pretending to like history and literature and then University of Ulster Coleraine, where he slacked off enormously for a year and somehow got away with it. He also enjoys Captain Morgans, The Sopranos, Led Zeppelin and Hunter S. Thompson which makes him a remarkably uninteresting person.

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