Leftovers auteur Damon Lindelof does indeed have some unfinished business with HBO.
Ending months of speculation, the premium cabler has officially placed a pilot order for Watchmen, the long-gestating TV adaptation of the DC Comics property, with Lindelof on board to write and EP. Additionally, an HBO rep also confirms to TVLine that it has ordered “back up scripts.”
News that Lindelof was circling Watchmen broke earlier this summer, not long after The Leftovers wrapped its acclaimed three-season HBO run. He replaces Zack Snyder, who directed the 2009 Watchmen movie and had been eyed to develop the TV adaptation.
When TVLine caught up with Lindelof at Comic-Con in July, he did not deny that he was mulling Watchmen, calling the source material “completely and totally inspiring.” But he also acknowledged, “I feel like I have to weigh the balance of ‘Should it exist’ before I decide to take it on… It would literally be the worst feeling in the world to screw it up. I take it very seriously. There’s a lot of responsibility. All I can say is I’m thinking about Watchmen a lot right now.”
Lindelof teased the official Watchmen deal Tuesday on Instagram, in a post simply titled “Day One.”