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‘The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen’ TV Series: Alan Moore Responds to Latest Adaptation

League of Extraordinary Gentlemen TV Series Alan Moore
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Last week brought the surprising news that FOX intended to move forward with a ‘League of Extraordinary Gentlemen’ TV series, adapted from the Alan Moore graphic novel, which was already tried as a movie starring Sean Connery that famously flopped. Notably outspoken about his work being adapted for Hollywood, Moore has now issued a response to FOX’s ‘LXG’ TV series, and as expected, the ‘Watchmen’ creator isn’t too happy.

“The entertainment industry clearly [has] no ideas of its own and [has] to go through dust bins and spittoons in the dead of night to recycle things,” the notoriously private author reiterated to Entertainment Weekly of his thoughts on the recent ‘Watchmen’ prequel comic revival. “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.”

For those unfamiliar with the property, which had previously been adapted into a 2003 feature film, the logline from Twentieth Century Fox TV’s forthcoming adaptation reads: “A drama series based on Alan Moore’s critically and commercially successful graphic novel series about a group of Victorian-age literary characters, including Captain Nemo, the Invisible Man, and Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, who team up to fight a common enemy.”

For his part, series creator Alan Moore consistently dismisses Hollywood adaptations of his work, most notably 2001′s ‘From Hell,’ but his ill will also extends to The Wachowskis‘ ‘V for Vendetta’ adaptation, and Zack Snyder‘s ‘Watchmen.’ As expected, Moore and co-creator Kevin O’Neill will have no involvement with FOX’s new series, which features writer-producer Michael Green (‘Green Lantern,’ ‘Kings,’ ‘Heroes‘) serving as showrunner, with Erwin Stoff (‘Kings,’ ‘The Matrix’) executive producing.

Well, what say you? Are you still excited by the possibility of a ‘League of Extraordinary Gentlemen’ TV series, even if Alan Moore has predictably shunned it? How would you like to see the new series unfold?

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