‘Watchmen,’ a TV hit for HBO, was ’embarrassing’ for the comic’s creator Alan Moore.
Fans of Alan Moore’s work will have to wait a little longer for one of his new TV series.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, HBO has pushed back the premiere of Watchmen, to a later date, from a planned July 14 start to a Sept. 2 slot.
The comic book series, about super-villains and the battle between good and evil, premiered for three seasons on HBO three years ago, but after just a few episodes, it had become a commercial and critical failure, particularly in the United States.
In a statement, HBO said: “While we know there is considerable enthusiasm around the new series, our goal is to continue the show creatively, in order to bring a broader audience and greater appreciation of Alan Moore’s work, while we also create a more definitive end to our relationship with the series. We are discussing with HBO as to the possibility of producing episodes without Alan Moore, which we are currently exploring.”
The delay is a blow for the series, which will air only once more before heading into the next season in 2015, when it will be the end for the characters introduced in the pilot episode.
With the series having lost its central element, there is uncertainty about where the show’s second half will be set, and what could become of its characters.
In 2009, after his work in Watchmen was rejected by HBO, Moore spoke to The Hollywood Reporter about the series, in which he was hired to make his directorial debut: “Watchmen was the most important thing to me in my life. It wasn’t my first job,” he said. “I can’t even count the number of times I had to see a TV production in which something that was inspired by Watchmen was being produced. The only way to see it and the only way to tell its story is in a TV series.”
While those involved in making the new series may be aware of Moore’s relationship to the comic series in some way, they have said that they would not be making the series without his help.
Watchmen began its run with one episode, “The Comedian,” written by Moore and the original comics writer David Mazzuchelli. It later grew