Who watches the "Watchmen"...on TV? HBO thinks you might, holding talks with director Zack Snyder about the possibility of a TV show based on the comic, according to Collider.
Apart from the odd exception like "True Blood", HBO typically hasn't gone in for science fiction and fantasy shows that often. But it may be open to the idea. Fantasy show "Game of Thrones" is proving to be one of the network's biggest hits, sci-fi remake "Westworld" is in the works and superheroes are taking flight both on the big screen and on other TV networks.
A dense and literate take on the superhero genre, "Watchmen" certainly has the weight you'd expect from HBO, home of "True Detective", "Silicon Valley" and "Girls". Written by Alan Moore with art byand John Higgins, the original comic was serialised in 1986 then collected in a best-selling book. The story is now considered a milestone of the medium and was named by Time magazine as one of the greatest novels ever published.
A film version was rumoured for years, with director Terry Gilliam at one point linked with a possible adaptation. "Watchmen" finally came to the screen in 2009, directed by Snyder. The film did a good job of condensing the complex story -- albeit with a radically different ending that many fans of the book disliked -- but it would have more room to breathe in a TV series.
At this early stage it's not clear whether the TV show would tell a new story in the "Watchmen" world or follow the film in adapting the original comic. There's a huge wealth of material in the comic, a multi-character epic intertwining a murder mystery with flashbacks spanning decades of personal and political history.
A TV show could also draw on the "Before Watchmen" prequel comics, released by DC Comics in 2012 without Moore or Gibbons' involvement.
Snyder's vision of "Watchmen" was certainly faithful in beautifully recreating the look of the comic, although personally I felt the film misread the themes of Moore's work. I'll hold my hands up and say I'm not the greatest fan of Snyder; he's currently busy messing up Superman (and possibly Batman) so may not even have time to have a second crack at getting "Watchmen" wrong.
Snyder's "" is in theatres next year and will be followed by a "Justice League" film. Current TV shows based on DC comics include " ", " " and " "; while rival Marvel has inspired TV shows including " ", " " and " " on Netflix.