Alan Moore Isn't Thrilled About HBO's New WATCHMEN Series and Damon Lindelof Responds with a Respectful "F**k You"
Comic book writer Alan Moore has never been happy with any of his work being adapted by Hollywood. He doesn’t like it that people mess around with his work! He wasn’t a fan of the Watchmen prequel comic series that DC published, he certainly wasn’t happy with Zack Snyder’s movie, and of course, he’s not happy about the upcoming HBO sequel series.
During the Television Critics Association, HBO's head of programming, Casey Bloys, was asked if Moore was still angry about the series and he responded, "I think that remains the case. That he’s not thrilled."
When the creator of the series and showrunner Damon Lindelof talked about Alan Moore, saying he has "made it very clear that he doesn’t want to have any association or affiliation with Watchmen." But, Lindelof still respects the writer and even called him "a genius”.
Then Lindelof responded to Moore’s criticism in the way Moore himself would respond if someone told him he shouldn’t do something:
“he would say, ‘Fuck you. I’m doing it anyway'… so I’m channeling the spirit of Alan Moore to tell Alan Moore, ‘Fuck you. I’m doing it anyway.’”
Look, as long as the series ends up being good, I don’t care. I’m just looking forward to seeing this world explored more! Watchmen co-creator Dave Gibbons is much more open to the series. When previously talking about it, he said:
“I’ve had conversations with Damon, and I’ve read the screenplay for the pilot. I don’t think it’s my place to say too much about it, other than I found Damon’s approach to be really refreshing and exciting and unexpected. I don’t think it’s gonna be what people think it’s going to be. It certainly wasn’t what I imagined it to be. I think it’s extremely fresh. I’m really looking forward to seeing it on the screen."
The story is set in an alternate history where masked vigilantes are treated as outlaws. This drama series embraces the nostalgia of the original groundbreaking graphic novel of the same name while attempting to break new ground of its own.
The cast includes 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 is set to premiere on HBO this Fall.
Source: TV Guide