While the feature did fairly well with critics, it wasn’t a runaway hit at the box office; many credited this result to the unwieldy nature of the story, which would conceivably be better suited for a serial adaptation.
Since then, as Collider points out, WB and DC haven’t done much more with the Watchmen name, except for a prequel comic book series called Before Watchmen. Clout and/or popularity doesn’t automatically mean a greenlight, as further evidenced by the network famously passing on Noah Baumbach’s star-studded The Corrections pilot.
Should HBO green light the series (and we really hope they do), it’s unknown how involved Snyder would be in its production. Producing a Warner Bros. property – especially one as potentially huge as Watchmen – under their shared Time Warner parental umbrella sounds like a solid move.
But if the Watchmen series on HBO turns out to be remake/re-imagining, who would you cast in the show? Nine different miniseries based on the different characters from the original story were published to the continued chagrin of Mr. Moore. Read about the possible Watchmen TV series after the jump. Zack Snyder’s cinematic adaptation of the iconic Watchmen comics divided fans, a few sticking with assertions of the source material as “unfilmable”, others acknowledging the film’s effort. The piece goes to great lengths to say that the talks are in early stages, so even trying to predict when the series might see the air if it comes about is a fool’s errand for now. Though the world has certainly changed by the end of Watchmen, there would seem to be room for exploring what happens to the characters after the events of the film as well.