HBO is banking heavily on a new Watchmen series to attract subscribers this fall, and today we learned its release date (October 20). This series will not be an adaption of Alan Moore’s 1986 graphic novel, but a continuation of its story.

it’s a big risk, considering how much they have to come up with on their own. The show takes place in an alternate present day, just as the original Watchmen comic took place in an alternate present (of 1985) when it was published. Richard Nixon is no longer alive, and a lot of the heroes we saw in the original book would either be dead or too old to take part in anything. The trailer DOES confirm Ozymandias, but he’s the bad guy.

So the new Watchmen has no choice but to come up with some new characters. Many of them are extensions of what came before….Rorschach has inspired a militia of masked sadistic vigilantes, eager to look down from buildings, hear cries for mercy and whisper “no.” The local police department is now wearing Silk Spectre’s yellow-and-black costume scheme, for unclear reasons. But the main focus seems to be on an African-American family we know nothing about.

Dr. Manhattan is still around, but he’s a buzzkill at parties and he’s spending all his time on Mars anyway. We have no idea what to expect from the Watchmen series. It could be either a worthy follow-up, or worthy of the trash heap next to the Zack Snyder adaption. We’ll see!

The new Watchmen stars Regina King, Jeremy Irons, Don Johnson, Tim Blake Nelson, Adelaide Clemens, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, and Louis Gossett Jr. The showrunner is Damon Lindelof, and the music score will be composed by Trent Reznor (yes, that one) and Atticus Ross. The premiere episode airs October 20 on HBO.