Watchmen has officially dropped the trailer for Damon Lindelof’s new series and it’s releasing this fall.
So what’s the story? Based on the Alan Moore graphic novel, Watchmen is set in an alternate history where “superheroes” are treated as outlaws. And while Lindelof (The Leftovers) plans to embrace the nostalgia of the original groundbreaking graphic novel, the series will also attempt to break new ground of its own. He announced his intentions earlier this spring on Instagram.
Who is in the cast? 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.
Who is doing the score? Nine Inch Nails musicians Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross (who first worked together as film composers on The Social Network) will be creating the original music for the series.
Who’s behind the camera? Lindelof, who will be a writer on the show, will also serve as an executive producer, alongside Nicole Kassell and Tom Spezialy. Kassell (Westworld, The Leftovers) is slated to direct the pilot episode. Additional executive producers are director Stephen Williams and Joseph Iberti. The series is produced for HBO by White Rabbit in association with Warner Bros. Television, based on characters from DC Comics.
What do I think? Now I admit I’m not the biggest fan of Lindelof’s work. Prometheus left me feeling cold, but most of his work on Star Trek, Lost, and the Leftovers gives me the impression this is going to completely outdo anything related to the Snyder film version of this intellectual property. And when has HBO put out a bad series lately? No matter the outcome, I hope it’s enjoyable and I plan to check it out.