“Viewers” creator Alan Moore has revealed to GQ magazine that he turned down an adaptation of HBO’s Emmy-winning graphic novel and told him to never get the show. Although Damon Lindelof was cast in the role, Moore did not mention Shore by name. According to Moore, the showrunner sent him a letter during the development of the HBO show and wrote, “Dear Mr. Moore, I’m one of the bastards currently killing ‘Watchmen.'”
“That wasn’t the best opening,” Moore said of the showrunner’s letter. “He’s been through a lot of neurotic ramblings, I think. “Can you at least tell us what ‘Ozymandias’ is called? Warner Bros. knows that neither they nor any of their staff should ever contact me again for any reason,” I snapped back with a very abrupt and hostile response.
Moore continued, “I explained to him that I turned down the offer, and in part it was because the movie industry and the comics industry seemed to create things that had nothing to do with my work, but that were relevant to it. public mind. ‘Look, this is embarrassing for me. I want nothing to do with you or your show. Please don’t bother me again.’
“Watchmen” has become a critical season for HBO as it airs nine episodes in 2019. The series, directed by Regina King, was nominated for 26 Primetime Emmy Awards and won 11 awards, including limited series. Moore is confused by the event’s acclaim.
“When I saw the TV industry awards where ‘Watchmen’ won the TV show, I was like, ‘Oh my God, maybe a lot of people, this is what they think of ‘Watchmen’?” I thought. You think it’s a dark, gritty, dystopian superhero franchise about white supremacy,” Moore said. “Haven’t you noticed the ‘guards’? ‘Watchmen’ was almost 40 years ago and was relatively light compared to many of my later works. How likely are they to understand anything since then? This makes me feel less than fond of those jobs. It means you are a little less in my heart.
Moore has not seen HBO’s “Watchmen” or seen any movies or television shows based on his work. He told GQ, “I’d be the last person to want to sit through any adaptation of my career. From what I’ve heard about them, it’s pretty punishing. It would be torture, and for no good reason.
For anyone not like Moore who wants to watch HBO’s “Watchmen” limited series, all nine episodes are available to stream on HBO Max.