HBO’s upcoming Watchmen series will tell a contemporary story with new characters, according to showrunner Damon Lindelof.

In a five-page letter to fans on Instagram, Lindelof—who co-created The Leftovers and Lost—said he has “no desire to ‘adapt’ the twelve issues of the [Alan] Moore and [Dave] Gibbons created 30 years ago,” echoing statements previously made by HBO president Casey Bloys. Lindelof went on to refer to the original 1986 graphic novel as “sacred ground,” adding that those twelve issues “will not be retread nor recreated nor reproduced nor rebooted.”

Page 1 of Lindelof’s five-page letter. Read the rest on Instagram

Instead, Lindelof said Watchmen will be “remixed.” He likened the original source material to the Old Testament and his HBO series as the New Testament, noting that the New Testament didn’t erase what came before and emphasizing that “Watchmen is canon.”

He clarified that the series won’t be a sequel, but an “original” and “contemporary” work that “must ask new questions and explore the world through a fresh lens.” Lindelof elaborated, saying the series “needs to resonate with the frequency of Trump and May and Putin and the horse that he rides around on, shirtless.”

Lindelof confirmed “some of the characters will be unknown” with “new faces” and “new masks to cover them.” With regard to the tone, he said it will be “fresh and nasty and electric and absurd.”

Watchmen received a pilot order from HBO in September last year. For more on the upcoming series, find out why Lindelof wants his adaptation of Watchmen to be a “dangerous” show.

Alex Osborn is IGN’s Web Producer. Find him on Twitter at @alexcosborn.

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