Damon Lindelof recently went on Sonya Walger's podcast Bookish and the pair touched on Lindelof's upcoming HBO adaptation of Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons' seminal graphic novel Watchmen. Well, kind of adaptation?
[Adapting] may be the right word, at the end of the day. Do you watch Fargo at all? I wouldn't call Noah Hawley's version of Fargo an adaptation because the movie exists inside of his world, and so everything that happened in the movie Fargo, it does precede the television show Fargo. So they find a bag of money in the first season, and you go, 'Oh, that came from the movie.' But it's also, Noah is pulling from other areas of the Coen brothers' canon, so it evokes like Lebowski, but it's also his own thing. I think it's widely known that Alan Moore does not want Watchmen to be adapted, so I'm playing a bit of a game of semantics here in saying, 'I'm not adapting Watchmen!'
He's not wrong in that Moore doesn't want Watchmen to be adapted, but it's clever wordplay by him to deny that he's adapting Watchmen in order to avoid the great wizard's wrath. Though after denying it, Lindelof did go on to throw shade at Moore digging into the history of Watchmen with its origin in Charlton Comics characters.
That's the spirit of what he did with Watchmen in the first place. It's not to take [anything from him]. He created this -- it's an original -- but the basis for that world is on these other characters that DC had just bought from this comics company called Charlton. And he did rips on those characters. But all of his other work that I love, whether it be Swamp Thing or an amazing Superman story called 'Whatever Happened to the Man of Tomorrow?,' and a great Batman story. It's sort of like, the idea that he came in and told iconic stories with characters that he didn't create, and has now turned around and said, 'You're not allowed to do that with the characters that I created.' So I feel like his own hypocrisy has allowed me to defy all his. [laughs]
Lindelof's Watchmen is still in the preparatory phase, with Nicole Kassell hired to direct the pilot.