"Watchmen," Alan Moore's 1986 comic book, is getting a television adaptation as HBO has greenlit a reimagining of the successful work. This announcement likely left fans wondering how closely the new series will follow the original source material.

According to Esquire, the upcoming batch of episodes will not directly coincide with the original storyline. Damon Lindelof of "Lost" fame is behind the project and outlined his vision in a recent Instagram post.

"We have no desire to 'adapt' the twelve issues [writer Alan Moore and artist Dave Gibbons] created thirty years ago. Those issues are sacred ground and they will not be retread nor recreated nor reproduced nor rebooted. They will, however, be remixed," he stated in the post, which can be seen below.


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According to HBO, the new series will treat the so-called superheroes as outlaws. Lindelof has also revealed that he would like to "embrace the nostalgia" of the original graphic novel but intends to take his story in its own direction. "It's not supposed to be a world that you recognize," he stated in a TCA panel, as reported by Collider. One key difference in terms of the so-called unrecognizable world that viewers can expect is that social media and smartphones will be excluded.

Additionally, HBO revealed that Nine Inch Nail's Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross, who previously worked together on the soundtrack for 2010's "The Social Network," will be creating original music for the HBO outing.

As for what the audience can expect in terms of characters, Lindelof shared there will be "new faces" and "new masks to cover them," which leaves the door open to both bring in familiar personalities and introduce new ones. He also explained that this HBO version will be set in 2019, which places it a few decades after the comics in an alternate version of the timeline.

Regina King, Jeremy Irons, and Don Johnson are just a few actors who will appear in the upcoming series. As for what character each will be playing, that still remains to be seen.

"Watchmen" is set to premiere on HBO in October.

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Regina King in HBO's "Watchmen" Season 1. Mark Hill/HBO