In 1986, the first issue of Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons’ Watchmen was released. Now considered one of the finest graphic novels ever published, Watchmen takes a gritty look at what the world might be like if masked vigilantes prowled the streets. The comic’s popularity has only increased over the years and a film adaptation was released in 2009. Those of you who love Moore’s dark take on the superhero genre will be pleased to learn that HBO is currently developing a TV show based on the comic, and the first official trailer has just been released.
The video description reads: “Tick tock. WATCHMEN debuts this fall on HBO. From Damon Lindelof and set in an alternate history where “superheroes” 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.”
While the show will be based upon the characters and story of the original comic, it will not be an adaptation, sequel, or prequel. Instead it will tell a new, original story set in the universe of Watchmen. The only character from the original comic confirmed to appear is Adrian Veidt/Ozymandias, who will be portrayed by Jeremy Irons.
The series is set to air later this year in the Fall.
Nancy will be solving crimes in her hometown of Horseshoe Bay in Maine after her mother’s death threatens to derail her crime fighting. But when a socialite is murdered in town, Nancy and her friends get together to clear their name, and solve the crime.
The new adaptation will be created for Netflix by Solvan “Slick” Naim, and produced by Will Smith. The adaptation is being billed as a contemporary musical film and will be set in the hustle and bustle of the streets of New York.
Other stars have already been announced but the actor playing the main character was kept quiet. Screenwriter Steven Knight (Peaky Blinders) has since announced to the BBC that Guy Pearce will play Ebenezer Scrooge alongside Andy Serkis (Lord of the Rings), Stephen Graham (Line of Duty) and Charlotte Riley (Peaky Blinders).
Andy Serkis will play Ghost of Christmas Past and Rutger Hauer (Bladerunner) is the Ghost of Christmas Future, while The Ghost of Christmas Present is yet to be announced.