Alan Moore Reprimanded the Showrunner of the Hbo Series for the “Embarrassing” Adaptation.
Alan Moore, the creator of Watchmen and the comic book series that will be adapted into an HBO series in 2019, disclosed his curt answer to the showrunner of the HBO series when that individual reached out to him by letter before to production. Damon Lindelof, who also contributed to the creation of Lost, served in the role of showrunner during Moore’s absence.
The series, which was set in a “alternative reality” and dealt problems of police brutality and systemic racism, was inspired by Alan Moore’s groundbreaking graphic novel of the same name, which was published in 1987. Additionally, in 2009, Zack Snyder directed a film adaptation of the novel, which starred Malin Akerman and Billy Crudup in the lead roles.
Moore, 68, revealed in an interview with GQ that he received “a frank letter” from the showrunner of the HBO series a few years ago. In the letter, the showrunner allegedly stated that Moore was “one of the bastards currently destroying Watchmen,” according to Moore’s account. The interview was published on Tuesday. He added that Moore was not amused by the situation.
Noting that the sentence “wasn’t the nicest beginning,” he went on to describe that the rest of the message, which he perceived as “neurotic babbling,” contained a question that read, “Can you at least tell us how to pronounce ‘Ozymandias?'” (Can you at least tell us how to pronounce ‘Ozymandias?’) That was a nod to a personality from the book he was writing at the time.
“I got back to him with a very abrupt and probably hostile reply, telling him that I’d thought that Warner Bros. were aware that they, nor any of their employees, shouldn’t contact me again for any reason,” he told GQ. “I thought they were aware that they, nor any of their employees, shouldn’t contact me again for any reason.” “I indicated that I had disowned the work in question, and part of the reason for that was that the film business and the comics industry seemed to have created things that had nothing to do with my work, but which would be linked with it in the consciousness of the public,” “I explained.”
“I addressed the situation by saying, “Look, this is embarrassing to me.” I have no interest in participating in any way with you or your show. I beg you not to trouble me any longer,'” Moore carried on from there.
Moore started thinking about the audience’s reaction to Watchmen once he found out that the show had won 11 awards at the 2020 Primetime Emmy Awards.
He said, “I thought, ‘Oh, god, perhaps a large part of the public, this is what they think Watchmen was.’ They think that it was a dark, gritty, dystopian superhero franchise that was somehow related to white supremacism. Did they not understand Watchmen?” “They think that it was a dark, gritty, dystopian superhero franchise that was somehow related to white supremacism.”
He noted that “Watchmen” was written about 40 years ago and that it was a pretty straightforward piece in comparison to a lot of his later work. This generally makes me feel less fond of their works, and it makes the things they accomplished mean a little bit less to me. What are the chances that they broadly comprehended anything since?
The television show on HBO, which was created by executive producer Damon Lindelof and stars Regina King, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Jeremy Irons, Louis Gossett Jr., Jean Smart, Hong Chau, and Don Johnson, made its debut in October of 2019.
In addition to receiving prizes for the Emmys, the show was also given the Peabody Award for Entertainment. At the time of the award’s presentation, King, who was 51 years old, spoke about the forgotten true history of the Tulsa Race Massacre, which is the central concept of the show.
Lindelof, 49, told Entertainment Weekly in December 2019 that despite the accolades received, there are no plans for a Watchmen season 2; nevertheless, he would not be opposed to further stories being set in an alternate universe, provided that they discover another compelling narrative.
“There will never be a shortage of opportunities for additional Watchmen. I get the impression that the globe is quite vast, and I sincerely hope that it is even more vast than it used to be “he stated such words at the time. “You could name something Watchmen as long as all of the characters occupy the same world, even if it didn’t contain any of the characters that were in the original or in this season,” she said. “That would be fine.”