[It] had the code name "Panic Room". That names mentioned included Dave Gibbons, John Higgins, Darwyn Cooke, JMS, JG Jones, Andy Kubert and more.
Indeed I am now told that there will be four Watchmen miniseries, all prequels. Working off an over-arching uber-plot by Darwyn, who will be writing and drawing on a book or two.
It's unclear whether this is the actual creative team or more of a wish list, but that's some serious creative muscle being thrown behind this project. A Watchmen prequel would certainly be profitable — and perhaps even readable — but is it necessary? Grant Morrison's had a parallel universe Watchmen tale in the works for a while now, but that project's not going anywhere fast.
What say you, readers? Like two blue-balled Dr. Manhattans, are two Watchmen too much? The graphic novel is about as open-and-shut as one could wish for. At least nobody's bandying around The Further Adventures Of That Clumsy Guy From The New Frontiersman.
UPDATE: Johnson further notes that this initiative is not without its critics within the publisher: "a decent sized chunk of DC is not on board for this. That they love Watchmen as it is, and see these prequel mini-series as diluting that."