Who’s watching the Watchmen?
You may be watching “Watchmen” come to life in Tulsa.
HBO is doing a pilot for a series based on the groundbreaking 1986 Alan Moore graphic novel “Watchmen.” The series — unlike the graphic novel — will be set in Tulsa.
Macon, Georgia, is a filming site. Unofficial set photos leaked out showing the town is intended to be Tulsa. One of the photos shows a copy of the Tulsa World and a copy of a fictional newspaper, the Tulsa Sun.
Macon television station interviewed Priscilla Esser of the Macon Film Commission and reported that the film site is being transformed into a town called “Greenwood.” Greenwood is a Tulsa neighborhood that was regarded as “Black Wall Street” prior to the 1921 Tulsa Race Riot.
Damon Lindelof, a screenwriter and producer whose body of work includes the television series “Lost,” is the executive producer of “Watchmen.”
He posted a five-page letter to Instagram last month about the new project and his involvement, saying he was 12 years old when he was handed the first two issues of the 12-issue Watchmen miniseries by his father.
Lindelof wrote that he has an immense amount of respect for Moore. He wrote that he is remixing rather than adapting the source material, which he referred to as canon.
“But we are not making a sequel either,” Lindelof wrote. “This story will be set in the world its creators painstakingly built ... but in the tradition of the work that inspired it, this new story must be original.”
Lindelof did not refer to Tulsa in the letter.
“Watchmen” was adapted as a motion picture in 2009.