Now here’s a disaster waiting happen. Damon Lindelhof wants to make a Watchmen TV Series. Oh man.
Here’s the money quote, from Screenrant, which I will comment on down below:
THR first reported Lindelof’s talks with HBO. Lindelof has expressed his affection for both Snyder’s adaptation and the original Alan Moore miniseries, which he repeatedly read as a kid. He’s credited Watchmen as being a major influence on his own writing. Before the release of Snyder’s adaptation, he told CBR , “From the flashbacks to the nonlinear storytelling to the deeply flawed heroes, these are all elements that I try to put into everything I write.” Plus, he said to The Observer about Snyder’s film, “It’s the most married-to-the-original-text version of Watchmen that could’ve been made. I want to keep it sort of insular. It’s OK with me if people don’t understand it because they don’t deserve to understand it.”
Now, first I hate Lindelhof. I’ve hated his work on Lost, I hated his work on Prometheus, Coyboys and Aliens, Tomorrowland, and so on. He seems to be one of those guys who looks like a nerd, so he thinks he’s a nerd, never realizing that there’s an intellectual and personality component to actually being a nerd. By that I mean, he strikes me as a poseur. Big ugly glasses, shaved head, all around dorkiness. He tries to match that with a geek’s intellect. Oh, World War Z. that was another terribly unwatchable flick from this genius mastermind.
Yeah, yeah, I know, Leftovers. Or The Leftovers. He got something right you say, and Lost was a lot of fun. But even a broken clock….you know the rest. I felt Lost was just that: lost. It wasn’t necessarily the writing that kept people coming back, it was the mechanism, the hitch, the classic cliffhanger which has worked for a century. I just don’t think the guy is that great of a writer, and when he tries, he often fails to obtain his reach. His grasp is weak. Think Prometheus, for instance, which features some of the weakest and silliest writing I’ve ever read. Really, aliens leave us maps to their weapons facility? Extraterrestrial expeditionists take off their helmets on a strange planet? Has this guy ever even read a science book?
Having said all that, we don’t need him on The Watchmen, which features a story convoluted enough without him mucking it up with more compounded mysteries. Adapt the graphic novel as is, spill it over ten or so episodes, and let it go.
P.S. His quote above about “It’s OK with me if people don’t understand it because they don’t deserve to understand it.” is exactly how I feel he feels about his own work. If you didn’t get Prometheus, you’re too undeserving. If you didn’t get Lost, you don’t deserve the series.
I despise this little toad like a bad rash.