The Alan Moore/Dave Gibbons Watchmen series continues to have life outside of comics, as HBO has ordered a pilot from Damon Lindelof.
Watchmen, an examination and deconstruction of superhero comics using characters loosely based on those from the Charlton Comics library, has been in continuous print since its release in 1985. When Warner Bros. released a live action adaptation of the book, DC Comics sold over 1 million copies that year compared to the more typical 100,000 per year. With the movie already out, and prequel comics collecting dust in back issue bins, HBO is going ahead with a pilot.
Lindelof, who has an overall deal with Warner Bros. Television, just finished the three-season run of The Leftovers, and now we know what he is working on now.
Keep in mind this is simply an order for a pilot. The last time HBO took a shot at Watchmen was in 2014, but that project failed to materialize.
After the lackluster success of the movie ($185 million world wide on a $130 million budget), and the current merging of the Watchmen into the DC Universe, do fans really want more Watchmen?