HBO Orders 'Watchmen' Pilot From Damon Lindelof

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Executive producer/writer Damon Lindelof speaks onstage during the The Leftovers panel discussion at the HBO portion of the 2015 Summer TCA Tour at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on July 30, 2015 in Beverly Hills, California.

HBO has ordered a pilot for Watchmen, a new drama series from screenwriter Damon Lindelof that is based on the famed graphic novel of the same name.

The network has also ordered additional scripts for the series, noted The Hollywood Reporter.

The pilot and script commitment comes after Lindelof teased on Instagram that he started work on the project along with the opening of a writers room.

"Day One," the writer wrote Wednesday on Instagram alongside an image of a statue resembling a character from the comics.

Day One.

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HBO first began eyeing Lindelof to develop a series based on Watchmen in June. A fan of the 1986 comic book by writer Alan Moore and artist Dave Gibbons, Lindelof has stated previously that Watchmen continues to influence his work. "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," he said in 2009.

The series is HBO's second attempt at developing show based on the DC Comics property that features characters such as Doctor Manhattan, Nite Owl, Silk Spectre and Rorschach investigating the murder of one of their own before uncovering a dark conspiracy.

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The drama series is set in the sex industry of 1970s New York.

Watchmen was previously adapted into a feature film by director Zack Snyder in 2009. The movie grossed $185 million worldwide.

Lindelof is best known for his work on LostPrometheusStar Trek Into Darkness and HBO series The Leftovers which concluded in June.

By Wade Sheridan

Originally published in UPI Entertainment News.