When Game of Thrones ends in two weeks, what is HBO's next anchor show? Perhaps it is this loosely-adapted series from the graphic novel by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons; a little old comic book series called Watchmen.
Yes, yes. There was a near-faithful movie adaptation by Zack Snyder and preliminary discussions on making it a TV adaptation did involve Snyder but now Damon Lindelof (co-creator of Lost and The Leftovers) is helming the project. So is this another adaptation of Moore and Gibbons' seminal work? Not quite. In a letter to the fans, Lindelof stated that the "television series would not be a direct adaptation of the source material or a sequel to it either but instead would depict a new, original story".
And while there was a huge veil of secrecy over the TV series (with sporadic teasers from Lindelof's IG account), not much of the premise has been revealed.
Until now, when HBO uploaded the teaser trailer for Watchmen.
From what we could gather, it looks like it is years after the events in the movie: there's a vigilante group of Rorschach-wannabes; Adrian Veidt aka Ozymandias looks like he's ageing gracefully; Regina King is playing a masked superhero and—oh God—there's a sound of a ticking clock (never a good sign), probably ticking down to midnight.
Thanks to the teaser, some light has been shed on Watchmen but now we have more questions than ever.
HBO's Watchmen is scheduled to come out later in the year.