According to writer/showrunner Damon Lindelof ("Lost") , HBO is fast-tracking his "Watchmen" live-action TV series, based on the landmark 12-issue comic book mini-series (1986):
With the release of director Zack Snyder's "Watchmen" (2009) 'Director's Cut' & 'Ultimate Cut', the brand has developed and maintained a strong fan base over the years.
"...The 'Minutemen', a team of costumed crime fighters, was formed in 1939 in response to a rise in costumed gangs and criminals. The 'Watchmen' was similarly formed decades later.
"Their existence has dramatically affected world events: in particular, the superpowers of 'Doctor Manhattan' helped the United States win the Vietnam War, resulting in 'President Richard Nixon' being reelected.
"Doctor Manhattan gives the West a strategic advantage over the Soviet Union, which by the 1980's threatens to escalate the 'Cold War' into a nuclear war.
"During that time, growing anti-vigilante sentiment in the country leads to masked crime-fighters being outlawed.
"While many of the heroes retire, Doctor Manhattan and the 'Comedian' operate as government-sanctioned agents...
"...and 'Rorschach' continues to operate outside the law..."
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