A pilot was filming in my local area (Macon, GA – not that local, but local enough from my Atlanta environs), so it was really only a matter of time before HBO made the official announcement and they must have liked what they saw as the network ordered the Damon Lindelof adaptation of Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons’ Watchmen as a full-fledged series in 2019.

Plot details are pretty scant, but based on interviews with Lindelof and some casting notices, it sounds like this will be a continuation of the Watchmen story after the events of the comic itself. Reports had abounded that the series would center on Oklahoma police officers, and given the above filming location, that seems to merit some more thought as a likelihood.

The cast, pulled from Variety, includes a number of genre heavy-hitters and newer names: Regina King, Jeremy Irons, Don Johnson, Tim Blake Nelson, Louis Gossett Jr., Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Adelaide Clemens, Andrew Howard, Tom Mison, Frances Fisher, Jacob Ming-Trent, Sara Vickers, Dylan Schombing, Lily Rose Smith, and Adelynn Spoon.

And HBO, marked the announcement with the below promo on their twitter feed:

 

“Nothing ever ends” seems to give the game away regarding the premise. I’d expect this to be the Westworld replacement for next year.

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