HBO finally set a premiere date for “Watchmen,” announcing that the new series will debut on the network on October 20th. The Season 1 cast includes Regina King, Jeremy Irons, Don Johnson, Jean Smart, Tim Blake Nelson, Louis Gossett Jr., Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Hong Chau, Andrew Howard, Tom Mison, Frances Fisher, Jacob Ming-Trent, Sara Vickers, Dylan Schombing, and James Wolk.
The official logline of the series reads, “Set in an alternate history where “superheroes” are treated as outlaws, Watchmen embraces the nostalgia of the original groundbreaking graphic novel while attempting to break new ground of its own.” Executive producer Damon Lindelof brings the original graphic novel to life this fall, with Nicole Kassell directing the pilot. The show itself is based on the graphic novel co-created and illustrated by Dave Gibbons, and published by DC.
Damon Lindelof, Nicole Kassell, Tom Spezialy, Stephen Williams, and Joseph Iberti serve as executive producers on the show. Lindelof will also be serving as writer, and Stephen Williams is also serving as director. Watchmen is produced for HBO by White Rabbit in association with Warner Bros. Television, based on characters from DC.
You might remember the big-screen adaptation that was made in 2009. One year after “Iron Man” dominated the charts, Warner Bros. Pictures released a “Watchmen” film nationwide. Zack Snyder directed that movie, which made $107M domestically and $184M worldwide. The movie featured Carla Gugino, Malin Akerman, Billy Crudup, Matthew Goode, Jackie Earle Haley, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, and Patrick Wilson. You can compare that with 2008’s “Iron Man” film from Marvel, which made over $318M domestically and over $585M worldwide.
Fans of the original comic can set a reminder to catch the new adaptation on October 20th. The next big DC release is “Joker,” which is scheduled to premiere in theaters on October 4th. “Watchmen” will compete with a busy box office, as “Zombieland 2: Double Tap” and “Maleficent: Mistress of Evil” are scheduled to hit theaters nationwide. If you decide to skip the theaters that weekend, the Watchmen will be waiting for you on HBO.
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