HBO’s Watchmen series has found a director for it’s upcoming pilot, written by Damon Lindelof. Showrunner Damon Lindelof has decidedly tapped fellow The Leftovers director Nicole Kassell to sit in the director’s chair for the pilot of the series. Deadline reports that she will also be an executive producer alongside Lindelof on the pilot.
The upcoming premium series from HBO will mark the second time that the iconic graphic novel will be adapted into a live-action production, followed by Zack Snyder’s 2009 superhero epic. Recently, the Watchmen have been regaining in popularity as they have recently been introduced into the main DC Comics continuity in the critically successful Doomsday Clock by DC all-star, Geoff Johns. Doomsday Clock has been beneficial for the graphic novel as it has further illustrated it into the mainstream of popular culture. It also is generating more exposure which is coming just in time as the series is reportedly scheduled to begin filming in March of this year.
HBO President Casey Bloys recently commented during a presentation at the TCAs that he had gotten a hold of Lindelof’s screenplay for the pilot, which means that development is making progress. “I’ve read the script, it’s amazing,” Bloys said. “I’m thrilled, I imagine we’ll shoot that this year.” With a finished screenplay and the recent appointment of Kassell as both a director and executive producer of the pilot, HBO’s Watchmen will start to move further into production.
Created by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons, Watchmen is the story of an alternate history in which superheroes first emerged in the 1940s, drastically altering the course of history. Set in 1985, as the United States and the Soviet Union inch ever closer to World War III, the comic centers on the investigation into the murder of the former costumed government agent the Comedian, which leads to the discovery of a deadly conspiracy to defuse the powder keg and bring peace to the world at the expense of millions of lives.
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