Because... all the evidence to the contrary is not entirely dissuasive.
HBO is currently producing a new series based on Watchmen. Watchmen is one of the most critically acclaimed graphical novels of all time, if not the one. Time Magazine even included this graphical novel in their list of 100 best novels of all time.
First published by DC Comics in 1986 and then released as a single volume in 1987, Watchmen is a book by Alan Moore (writer), Dave Gibbons (artist) and John Higgins (colorist). Many knew about Watchmen back in 2009, when Zack Snyder directed the eponym film. Released in the USA on March 6, 2009, the film was not a big success both in terms of box office and reviews (the film is currently having a note of 56 on metascore).
Some hope that the series will be able to take the time and properly tell the story, whereas the film had to tell it in 162 min (standard cut), 186 min (director's cut) or 215 min (ultimate cut), depending on which version you prefer.
Writer Alan Moore has been quite straightforward about adaptations, stating that he would not see Zack Snyder's film and that the story could only be told in a comics format. Therefore, it is not a surprise to learn that Moore is also not keen to see a series adaptation.
But hopes may be toned down already, as Damon Lindelof, most known for co-creating the series LOST, will apparently not strictly follow the original material. He was quoted saying in Bookish with Sonya Walger podcast:
"Do you watch Fargo at all? I wouldn’t call Noah Hawley’s version of Fargo an adaptation, because the movie exists inside of his world, and so everything that happened in the movie Fargo, it does precede the television show Fargo. So they find a bag of money in the first season, and you go, ‘Oh, that came from the movie.’ But it’s also, Noah is pulling from other areas of the Coen brothers’ canon, so it evokes like Lebowski, but it’s also his own thing.”
Lindelof even went so far as to admit that it is not a real adaptation, "I think it’s widely known that Alan Moore does not want Watchmen to be adapted, so I’m playing a bit of a game of semantics here in saying, 'I'm not adapting Watchmen!'"
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