Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons’ Watchmen is one of the most revered comic books of all time, and the new TV version premieres on HBO next month. The show is not a straight adaptation of the comics but a continuation of the story, and is produced Lost co-creator Damon Lindleof. A new behind-the-scenes promo has now been released.
The video features interviews with Lindleof and stars Regina King and Jeremy Irons and is packed with new footage. The promo focuses on the show’s two rival mask-wearing groups–the police and a terrorist organization known as the Seventh Cavalry–and it looks like it will be as funny as it is violent and thrilling. Check it out below.
Watchmen also stars Don Johnson, Tim Blake Nelson, Louis Gossett Jr., and Yahya Abdul-Mateen II. The show will premiere on Sunday, October 20–the release date was revealed by a tweet using the comic’s distinctive Doomsday Clock. Check out the first trailer here.
Lindelof is best known for co-creating Lost with J.J. Abrams, as well as showrunning the acclaimed The Leftovers and writing the scripts for movies such as Star Trek Into Darkness and Prometheus. In 2017, he explained that Watchmen is not an adaptation of the comic book but a continuation of its story and themes.
“Those issues are sacred ground and will not be retread nor recreated nor reproduced nor rebooted,” Lindelof said. “They will however be remixed. We are not making a ‘sequel’ either. This story will be set in the world its creators painstakingly built… but in the tradition of the work that inspired it, this new story must be original.”