Some casting news this week…
Damon Lindelof’s Watchmen pilot for HBO added three more to the ranks this week, in the form of Dylan Schombing (Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce), Lily Rose Smith (The Vampire Diaries) and young newcomer Adelynn Spoon. They join an extensive list which includes Regina King, Jeremy Irons, Don Johnson, Frances Fisher and Louis Gossett Jr. Producers are tight-lipped about any characters though.
The eighth installment of FX’s horror anthology American Horror Story, subtitled “Apocalypse”, sees a bunch of familiar faces returning. Alums Gabourey Sidibe, Taissa Farmiga, Lily Rabe, Frances Conroy, Sarah Paulson, Kathy Bates, Evan Peters, Adina Porter, Emma Roberts, Cheyenne Jackson, Billy Eichner, Leslie Grossman, Billie Lourd, and Stevie Nicks will all join Jessica Lange, which director Ryan Murphy is billing as a crossover between the “Coven” and “Murder House” seasons. Joan Collins is also joining the cast this season.
And it appears that the DC TV Arrowverse will see a Gotham addition. Orange Is the New Black‘s Ruby Rose has signed on for the role of Batwoman for the next four-series Arrowverse crossover event this December, and is also expected to film a full-length pilot for a potential Batwoman TV series, which already looks like it will have a good chance of going to series.
HBO has given a green light for a pilot and backup scripts based on the limited comic series Watchmen from Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons. The project comes from Damon Lindelof, who teased the project on Instagram (see below) before the announcement, and Warner Bros TV.
Zack Snyder previously adapted Watchmen into a feature film in 2009.
Watchmen is set in an alternate history world in 1985 at the height of the cold war. Superheroes exist and have had a hand in changing the outcomes of major events for about 50 years, but they are now mostly retired, with a few working as government agents.
A lot of times when you adapt material for the big screen, you have to leave something out…maybe it wasn’t directly important to the story being told, or it was too long, or too difficult to film. I’m sure Watchmen is full of this…but that doesn’t mean all the stories can’t be told. Watchmen: Tales of the Black Freighter & Under The Hood (available March 24th on DVD, Blu-ray, and on-demand/download. It takes the story from a comic book as seen in the movie/graphic novel and the supplemental background story and brings them to life.
Just ahead of the release of the Watchmen live action feature, an animated version of the highly acclaimed comic book hits the shelves Tuesday in the form of Watchmen: The Complete Motion Comic, available on both DVD and Blu-ray. I’ve had the chance to see the DVD release, so Read More for details and a review. Wanting a little more interaction? Warner Bros. Digital Distribution will launch Watchmen: Justice is Coming, an MMO for iPhone and iPod Touch, on Friday to coincide with the movie’s release. G4TV has a preview video with interviews and gameplay footage.