Watchmen TV Series

TVLine Items: HBO Eyeing Watchmen Series, Fishburne as Mandela and More

Sometime in the not-too-distant future, you just might see Rorschach, Nite Owl, Dr. Manhattan, Silk Spectre II and Ozymandias on HBO.

The premium cabler has confirmed it is in talks to develop Watchmen — the DC Comics series adapted into a 2009 film — for television.

Not many details of the project are available, but HBO is reportedly teaming with Zack Snyder, who directed the movie, to adapt Watchmen as a TV series.

In a statement to Collider, which first broke the news, HBO revealed that “preliminary discussions regarding Watchmen have occurred but we have no additional information and no deals are in place.”

Ready for more of today’s newsy nuggets? Well…

* black-ish star Laurence Fishburne will play the late revolutionary Nelson Mandela in Madiba, a six-hour BET miniseries centering on Mandela in the 1960s as he deals with political unrest in South Africa.

* Kelly LeBrock (Weird Science) will recur on Shameless‘ sixth season as Sammi’s mother, Queenie — an earthy, sensual, flamboyant and joyous woman, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

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  1. I’d very much like the Watchmen TV series to fast forward the timeline, set it in the now, 30 years after the explosions in New York and the rest of the world, and show us how the world changed.

    Whose side did they take?

    Did they believe what was in the diary or reject it as a conspiracy theory rather than accept is as the truth?

    Lastly, show us the next generation of heroes in this world. First came the Minutemen, then came the Watchmen. What comes after that?

    Fully embrace the HBO arena and do a female Dr. Manhattan analogue.

    You make the child of Silk Spectre and Night Owl the protagonist.

    Is it a female? If so, make her the third Silk Spectre. Is it a male? If so, make it the third Night Owl. Is it two children, a boy and a girl? Then make them the third Silk Spectre and third Night Owl.

    Open the series on his/hers/their 30th birthday. Say he/she/they was/were conceived the night Laurie and Dan slept together in the original novel/movie.

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  3. Mr. Tran K says:

    The Price is Right should fire Mike Richards as producer and possibly Stan Blits the man who picks the contestants and they need to be on their best behavior. Still don’t know why Mr. Richards is turning Price is Right into a comedy/variety show because the iconic game show is not 100% funny.

  4. Ram510 says:

    This should be AWESOME!!! A gritty “R” rated HBO superhero series is just what is needed. I’m all in

    • tvjunkie says:

      So if you think nothing like that exists, which seems to be your implication, then what would you call Netflix’s Daredevil? Lite and fluffy fun? I’d call it “gritty R rated”

  5. Sheldon W. says:

    Meanwhile, somewhere in England, Alan Moore could not possibly care less.