'Watchmen' Showrunner Damon Lindelof Responds to Alan Moore's Disapproval of the New Show: "Fuck You, I'm Doing It Anyway"
Published Jul 25, 2019Damon Lindelof's next big project is a spinoff of Alan Moore's beloved graphic novel Watchmen. Moore has famously said he doesn't endorse the project, and now Lindelof has replied with a defiant "fuck you."
More specifically, the "fuck you" in question comes with a great deal of respect for Moore. As Entertainment Weekly reports, Lindelof made some striking comments about Moore during an appearance at the Television Critics Association press tour.
"I don't think that I've made peace with it," he said. "Alan Moore is a genius, in my opinion, the greatest writer in the comic medium and maybe the greatest writer of all time.... He's made it very clear that he doesn't want to have any association or affiliation with Watchmen ongoing and that we not use his name to get people to watch it, which I want to respect."
Then comes the "fuck you," which Lindelof suggested was an homage to Moore:
I do feel like the spirit of Alan Moore is a punk rock spirit, a rebellious spirit, and that if you would tell Alan Moore, a teenage Moore in '85 or '86, "You're not allowed to do this because Superman's creator or Swamp Thing's creator doesn't want you to do it," he would say, "Fuck you, I'm doing it anyway." So I'm channelling the spirit of Alan Moore to tell Alan Moore, "Fuck you, I'm doing it anyway."
Lindelof's Watchmen series will arrive in October on HBO. You can watch a teaser trailer for the show below.