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Shocker: Alan Moore Not Thrilled About 'League Of Extraordinary Gentleman' TV Show

by Ken Guidry
July 16, 2013 10:43 AM
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Last week, we found out that Fox was going to turn “The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen” into a TV show. Fox’s 2003 film adaptation of the comic book by Alan Moore was universally panned by critics and made Sean Connery retire from acting. So, one wonders why Fox would go down that path once again. If they’re simply doing it to piss off creator Alan Moore then, well… it might be working.

Luckily, Entertainment Weekly was able to get a hold of Alan Moore and the outspoken comic book writer (who has basically never approved of any adaptations of his work) had a lot to say regarding the matter: “Me and [co-creator] Kevin [O'Neill] have been chuckling about that one, we only heard about it the other day. When [DC Comics] did the recent Watchmen prequel comics I said all of sorts of deeply offensive things about the modern entertainment industry clearly having no ideas of its own and having to go through dust bins and spittoons in the dead of night to recycle things."

He added: “The announcement that there is a 'League of Extraordinary Gentlemen' television series hasn’t caused me to drastically alter my opinions. Now it seems they are recycling things that have already proven not to work.”

Moore seems more amused and chagrined than upset, which is understandable considering how many other times Hollywood has adapted his work to varying degrees of success (“From Hell,” “Watchmen,” “V for Vendetta”). Moore has never had any kind words to say about any of those adaptations. Then again, as the AV Club points out, his cantankerous attitude regarding the matter can be taken with a grain of salt seeing as how he’s willingly sold the rights to his comic books (he doesn’t like calling them graphic novels) while also claiming that adaptations are “evil.” According to him, stealing characters from well-known literary sources is totally ok, though.

At any rate, nothing Moore says will ever stop Fox, who already have a writer working on the series pilot, Michael Green (“Kings,” “Smallville”). We’ll see if Fox will actually do the original comic book justice this time around.

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  • Maddog | July 17, 2013 4:46 PMReply

    Yes this was one of those pathetic attempts to judge Moore, when these geek boys should be on their knee's worshiping the guy.

    Using Huck Finn or Jesus is not considered stealing as it is considered satire. This is why Saturday Night Live etc can do satire on real life or fictional characters and not be sued.
    Surprised anyone couldn't come up with that on there own.

    I thought the League sucked, I don't know of any great work Moore has put out in Decades. (though he is indeed the God of Modern Comics) The movie sucked much worse but I would say if F/X does it, could be interesting. If its on Fox does it, Auto-Suck!!!

  • Alan B | July 17, 2013 5:01 AMReply

    *sighs* Clearly, you have not read his work and your criticisms of Moore come from a place of ignorance so ...

    "he’s willingly sold the rights to his comic books (he doesn’t like calling them graphic novels) while also claiming that adaptations are “evil.”"

    He DID sell the rights to his work to begin with, but was upset by the earlier adaptations and has not only turned down the recognition of a credit, but also - in his words - "at least a few million dollars" after he also turned down the studio's money.

    "According to him, stealing characters from well-known literary sources is totally ok, though."

    Yeah ... you haven't read his work. Yes GENIUSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS, he does use other characters, but he does so to critically engage with said characters and make moral judgements on them i.e. Harker is a possible feminist creation, James Bond is a thug etc. Then again, I don't imagine you read much of anything.

    "comic books (he doesn’t like calling them graphic novels)"

    Comic books are comic books, graphic novels are graphic novels. They are related, but they are not the same thing and it speaks to your arrogance that you'll attempt to patronize him by showing your ignorance.

  • John Westgarth | July 16, 2013 1:58 PMReply

    I suspect Moore's use of language was deliberate, as I am not entirely sure it is possible to steal something in the public domain.

    Unless you are Walt Disney, obviously.

  • Washington | July 16, 2013 11:52 AMReply

    "stealing characters"


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