Damon Lindelof Working on Green Lanterns TV Series

Damon Lindelof is returning to television and to superheroes.

The writer-producer, one of the co-creators of seminal adventure series Lost who later brought seminal comic Watchmen to the screen as an acclaimed, Emmy-winning HBO limited series, is part of the creative team behind Lanterns, the DC based-show from DC Studios.

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Lanterns, based on the heroes seen in the Green Lantern comics, will be bringing prestige storytelling energy behind the scenes. Chris Mundy, the showrunner behind Netflix’s crime series Ozark, as well as Eisner-winning and long-time DC comic author Tom King round out the creative team, DC Studios co-head James Gunn announced on Instagram Saturday.

Gunn welcome Lindelof and Mundy into the DC family and said the trio had written a “wonderful” pilot script and bible, announcing that the series is now “putting together a crack team of writers.”

Lanterns is acting as one of the foundational shows for Gunn and Peter Safran’s DC Studios slate. “This plays a really big role in leading into the main story we are telling across film and TV,” Safran said in January 2023 when he and Gunn unveiled their initial DC plans.

At the time, Safran also described the series as being True Detective-like in tone, “more of a terrestrial-based investigation story.”

It is unclear if that still holds though the social media post accompanied by drawings of heroes Hal Jordan and John Stewart, implying it will be a two-hander. The True Detective vibe could also come from Mundy, who served as an exec producer and writer on the latest Detective season, True Detective: Night Country.

After establishing his bona fides with Lost, Lindelof co-created The Leftovers, the HBO supernatural drama that explored the ramifications of losing people in a sudden and great disappearance. The show ran from 2014 to 2017.

He returned to TV in 2019 with Watchmen, which didn’t adapt the iconic comic by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons as much as it used it as a backdrop to explore heroism and race relations while also shining a light on the 1921 Tulsa race massacre. The show won 11 Emmys.

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