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HBO's Watchmen 2019

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A teaser trailer has just been released for the new Watchmen series by HBO. They had already said that it isn't going to be an adaptation, which us made obvious of the trailer, but I have no idea if it's going to be an alternate universe retelling, or some kind of sequel. The teaser gives no hints as to what the plot is, which I suppose is good. 
I'm not sure what to think of the teaser. The Rorschach cult is weird, and I wonder how it will be handled. It's also worth noting, there's a pirate flag in one shot, which could hint at a Black Freighter element?
 

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While the teaser looks interesting, I'm not really looking forward to this. 
I don't think I've enjoyed anything written by Damon Lindelof from beginning to end. I don't expect to be impressed with his stint as showrunner. Though, I hope they prove me wrong.
 

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I'm trying my hardest to be open minded and positive about this, but I really expect it to be baaaad. The last HBO production I watched was their adaptation of Fahrenheit 451, and that was...not good. Of course, it's obviously more about the people behind it rather than the company, so I can't judge based on that. I will try to look into the people behind it's other works.
 

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I read that it's a story set in our current time, in a world where the events of the graphic novel occurred as depicted in the graphic novel.

So essentially it's a "sequel" to the book, but only seems to be so in the sense that, say, the first season of Fargo is a sequel to the movie Fargo - same world, different time period.
 

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I think Watchmen is a particularly poor choice for an adaptation because it is such a postmodern meta-text on the comic book medium, and so fully dependent on medium specificity and the intertext for its effect. And I say that as neither a fan of the comic or of comics in general.
 

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Well, this isn't an adaptation, it's a sequel/side story/whatever you want to call it. And there's nothing that says they can't use the Watchmen universe to tell a different story that is itself a postmodern meta-film/series on the superhero film/show medium.

Honestly, I think this is a great time for a new, modern take on the idea behind Watchmen. Assuming they do, in fact, use it as a commentary/deconstruction of modern superhero films and TV series much how the original comic was a commentary/deconstruction of contemporary superhero comics.
 

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I feel confident in saying that Alan Moore will wholeheartedly approve of this idea.
 

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If this is a sequel, then I'm excited.
 

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Is it a remake of Watchmen? Is it a prequel or a sequel? Maybe it'll be a sequel reboot: a sea-boot, a soft sea-boot. Or is it a Soft Sequel Sea-boot Reboot Prequel?
 

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I think it's a sequel, but I'm not sure if it's a sequel to the comic or the movie.
 

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I'm watching now, and I'm enjoying it a lot. It's definitely a sequel to the comic due to the continued references to the squid, but stylistically it's not too far from the movie. It feels like it could be a continuation. I'm a little over halfway done at this point, and the only thing I would change so far would be to replace
Jeremy Irons with Matthew Goode in the pre-recorded 1985 message to President Robert Redford. I know this isn't necessary since it's not a sequel to the movie, but Jeremy Irons doesn't look young enough in the video so he should be switched out with an age-appropriate actor anyway, so why not make things line up a little better?
Honestly I'd still love to see somebody make the movie line up with the comic ending (and this series) but I don't think that's possible at all.
 

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Someone on Reddit recut the ending of the movie to add the squid, I didn't watch it, I'm not sure how well it's edited.

I will be watching this next week, I plan on getting the HBO free trial through Prime.
 

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asterixsmeagol said:
replace Jeremy Irons with Matthew Goode in the pre-recorded 1985 message
Honestly I'd still love to see somebody make the movie line up with the comic ending (and this series) but I don't think that's possible at all.

jrWHAG42 said:
Someone on Reddit recut the ending of the movie to add the squid, I didn't watch it, I'm not sure how well it's edited.

I've been wondering if changing the movie's ending would work. I did watch the episode but haven't watched past it yet.

As for the spoiler, that kind of replacement might be doable with advanced tech like deepfakes that I don't actually know anything about, but might be passable enough if using something like ebsynth with some decent keyframes to reference, and the movie includes a locked shot very similar that would aid in producing said keyframes...
 
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