HBO programming president Casey Bloys recently admitted that Watchmen author Alan Moore is “not thrilled” with the idea of Damon Lindelof’s new series, but he is still open to talking about his creation – and revealing some crazy facts about its past.
Speaking recently to Bleeding Cool, Moore revealed that, at one point, musical icon David Bowie wanted to play Rorschach.
At one point, surreal director Terry Gilliam was supposed to direct an adaptation, and “received several phone calls” from Bowie concerning the role.
“There’s an alternate world we can only imagine,” Moore said of the idea of Bowie playing Rorschach.
While Moore isn’t on board with the new series, Watchmen co-creator Dave Gibbons is much more open to what the series is hoping to achieve.
“I do know a little about it,” he said late last year, “I’ve had conversations with Damon [Lindelof], and I’ve read the screenplay for the pilot. I don’t think it’s my place to say too much about it, other than I found Damon’s approach to be really refreshing and exciting and unexpected. I don’t think it’s gonna be what people think it’s going to be. It certainly wasn’t what I imagined it to be. I think it’s extremely fresh. I’m really looking forward to seeing it on the screen.”
Watchmen is currently airing on Sunday nights on HBO in the US, and Monday nights on Sky Atlantic in the UK.