David Lindelof‘s Watchmen series has been underway for a couple of years now, but as of yesterday, HBO shares a first look at the upcoming series. Based on the graphic novel by Alan Moore, Dave Gibbons and colourist John Higgins, Watchmen is set in an alternate history where superheroes are considered outlaws.
Here’s HBO’s official description of the series:
“‘Watchmen embraces the nostalgia of the original groundbreaking graphic novel while attempting to break new ground of its own.’ That is in keeping with the letter Lindelof posted for fans back in May in which he stated that the show will not be a re-telling of the story from the graphic novel, but rather a new story in the same world with new characters set in the present day.”
The series boasts a hefty cast, including Regina King, Jeremy Irons, Don Johnson, Tim Blake Nelson, Louis Gossett Jr., Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Adelaide Clemens, Andrew Howard, Tom Mison, Frances Fisher, Jacob Ming-Trent, Sara Vickers, Dylan Schombing, Lily Rose Smith, and Adelynn Spoon.
Lindelof is set to write and executive produce. Nicole Kassell and Stephen Williams will also executive produce, with Kassell directing the pilot and Williams also directing.
Lindelof previously explained his direction for the series:
“Some of the characters will be unknown. New faces. New masks to cover them… We also intend to revisit the past century of Costumed Adventuring through a surprising yet familiar set of eyes… and it is here we will be taking our greatest risks.”
With a fresh new take since the 2009 movie, Watchmen is expected to debut in 2019.