When Will the HBO Series ‘Watchmen’ Premiere?

Fans are excited for the new HBO series Watchmen which has finally been given a premiere date. The story is a unique take on the original graphic novel with the same name. Alan Moore wrote the original comic series with Dave Gibbons as the artist. When will the highly anticipated series premiere on HBO?

When will ‘Watchmen’ premiere?

The new series will premiere on HBO on October 20. Watchmen has a number of big names behind it including Regina King, Jean Smart, Tim Blake Nelson, Don Johnson, Jeremy Irons, Louis Gossett Jr., Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Tom Mison, Frances Fisher, Andrew Howard, Dylan Schombing, Sara Vickers, James Wolk, and Jacob Ming-Trent.

Is the television series a follow-up to the film?

The graphic novel was later created into a film in 2009 called Watchmen and was directed by Zack Snyder. The new television series isn’t going to be an adaptation of the film, rather, it will be set in the same world as the comics. Gibbons revealed to Entertainment Weekly that he feels the new adaptation is refreshing and also unexpected.

Dave Gibbons thinks the new series is exciting

“I do know a little about it,” Gibbons explained. “I’ve had conversations with Damon, and I’ve read the screenplay for the pilot. I don’t think it’s my place to say too much about it, other than I found Damon’s approach to be really refreshing and exciting and unexpected. I don’t think it’s gonna be what people think it’s going to be. It certainly wasn’t what I imagined it to be. I think it’s extremely fresh. I’m really looking forward to seeing it on the screen.”

Gibbons also added that the new series stays true to the original source material, but it’s also different at the same time. “I’ve been resistant to the comic book prequels and sequels, but what Damon’s doing is not that at all, it’s very far away from that,” Gibbons said. “While it’s very reverential and true to the source material (by which I mean the Watchmen graphic novel that Alan and I did), it’s not retreading the same ground, it’s not a reinterpretation of it. It approaches it in a completely unexpected way.”

Alan Moore isn’t thrilled about the new series ‘Watchmen’

Damon Lindelof
Damon Lindelof | Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic for HBO

Alan Moore, the author of the graphic novel Watchmen, isn’t too keen on HBO’s upcoming series. But according to TV Line, the executive producer Damon Lindelof is quite fine with that. Known for his work on Lost and The Leftovers, he’s also in charge of writing this new adaptation of the Watchmen story.

Lindelof, who knows Moore’s feelings, spoke about his reaction at the Television Critics Association summer press tour. “Alan Moore is a genius,” Lindelof explained. He continued saying “he’s made it very clear that he doesn’t want to have any association or affiliation with Watchmen.” He added a rather quirky remark on if Moore would ever have been told that he couldn’t do anything, “he would say, ‘F*** you. I’m doing it anyway… so I’m channeling the spirit of Alan Moore to tell Alan Moore, ‘F*** you. I’m doing it anyway.’”

The new series will be here before you know it, and fans can’t wait to see what Watchmen has in store for them. Watchmen makes its television debut on October 20 on HBO.