HBO's Watchmen Pilot Will Be Directed by The Leftovers' Nicole Kassell

Image: DC
Image: DC

Damon Lindelof and his team are moving right along with their adaptation of the iconic Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons comic Watchmen for HBO. While the network hasn’t announced any cast members yet, it’s already hired a director to helm the pilot.

Her name is Nicole Kassell and she worked with Lindelof on his last show, The Leftovers. She’s also worked on the Martin Scorsese HBO show Vinyl, as well as on The Americans and Better Call Saul. She’s also made feature films, including The Woodsman, her disturbing, powerful debut which featured a critically-acclaimed performance by Kevin Bacon.

Image: William Morris Endeavor
Image: William Morris Endeavor

“Disturbing and powerful” are actually good adjectives when it comes to Watchmen and in Kassell, it’s obvious that HBO has a director who can handle those themes. That’s a great start. Now we just have to wait and find out who will be cast as some of the most iconic characters in comic book history—and see how Lindelof chooses to adapt the sprawling, complex story for television.


Entertainment Reporter for io9/Gizmodo

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Plus: I really like the idea of a long-form version of the Watchmen story. While I didn’t actually hate the movie, even liked much of it, it’s too much to be crammed into even 3 hours. 10 hours seems like a great pace.

Minus: Not a fan of Lindelof.

Plus: No Malin Ackerman.

Minus: No Jackie Earl Haley or Jefrrey Dean Morgan.