Nicole Kassell Will Direct the Watchmen’s Pilot Episode
Nicole Kassell has been selected to direct the pilot episode of HBO‘s Watchmen. Nicole Kassell is no neophyte when it comes to directing. Kassell directed Kevin Bacon in well-received The Woodsman. Kassell has also directed episodes of Westworld, The Leftovers, and will direct as least one episode of upcoming TV series Castle Rock.
From her work in The Woodsman, the viewer knows that Kassell will not shy away from harsh material. The viewer also knows that Kassell is capable of presenting that material unflinchingly, which will greatly benefit some of the more disagreeable material in Watchmen.
Watchmen, in its first incarnation, “created by writer Alan Moore and artist Dave Gibbons, first appeared in the 1985 issue of DC Spotlight, the 50th anniversary special. It was eventually published as a 12-issue maxiseries from DC Comics, cover-dated September 1986 to October 1987.”
What has made the Watchmen standout amongst other comic books is its expertly built-up, intricate, and reality-based storyline:
Moore used the story as a means to reflect contemporary anxieties and to deconstruct and parody the superhero concept. Watchmen depicts an alternate history where superheroes emerged in the 1940s and 1960s and their presence changed history so that the United States won the Vietnam War and the Watergate break-in was never exposed. In 1985, the country is edging toward World War III with the Soviet Union, freelance costumed vigilantes have been outlawed and most former superheroes are in retirement or working for the government. The story focuses on the personal development and moral struggles of the protagonists as an investigation into the murder of a government-sponsored superhero pulls them out of retirement.
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