HBO in "Preliminary Discussions" for 'Watchmen' TV Series

Zack Snyder, who directed the 2009 feature based on the Alan Moore graphic novel, is attached.
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HBO may be bringing beloved graphic novel Watchmen to the small screen.

"Preliminary discussions regarding Watchmen have occurred but we have no additional information and no deals are in place," said HBO in a statement Thursday.

As first reported by Collider, Zack Snyder — who directed the 2009 feature film based on Alan Moore's beloved graphic novel — is attached to the HBO incarnation. The potential HBO take hails from Warner Bros. Television, where comics powerhouse DC Comics is housed.

No additional information was provided and it's unclear if HBO's take is a reboot, remake or prequel, like the 2012's comic series Before Watchmen.

First published in 1986 and collected in 1987, Watchmen was created by Alan Moore, artist Dave Gibbons and colorist John Higgins. The series is included as one of the 100 best novels from Time magazine.

Snyder adapted the comic and brought the title's "Minutemen" crime fighters to the big screen in 2009 with Jackie Earle Haley, Malin AkermanBilly Crudup, Matthew Goode, Carla Gugino, Jeffrey Dean Morgan and Patrick Wilson starring. The film, produced by Warner Bros. Pictures with a $130 million production budget, grossed a disappointing $107.5 million domestically and $185.3 million worldwide. 

A Watchmen TV series at HBO would put the premium cable network in the comics business. AMC has found major success with The Walking Dead and will launch controversial comic Preacher in 2016. The CW and Fox have also proven successful with DC fare including The Flash, Arrow and Gotham, while CBS this month will join the game with Supergirl. ABC, meanwhile, has two Marvel series in Agents of SHIELD and Agent Carter. Come midseason, Fox will also bow DC comics take Lucifer.

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