Somewhere, Alan Moore’s beard is tingling. Zack Snyder’s cinematic adaptation of the iconic Watchmen comics divided fans, some sticking with assertions of the source material as “unfilmable,” others acknowledging the film’s effort. That conflict may end up sparked anew, now that Snyder has officially met with HBO for a Watchmen TV series.
The Killing Joke is one of the more notable entries in Batman comic book history, offering one of the most sadistic versions of the Joker to date. Alan Moore’s book is one of the more divisive among fans, who either love it or despise it, and in further proving their commitment to the darker side of superhero stories, DC is taking The Killing Joke and adapting it…into an animated feature, of all things.
Now that Universal is rebooting their classic monsters franchises with a new expanded universe plan, 20th Century Fox wants to get in on a little of that action with a similarly-flavored reboot of their own: The League of Extraordinary Gentleman, based on Alan Moore’s graphic novel, which features various characters from classic works of literature by authors like Bram Stoker, Robert Louis Stevenson, Mark Twain and more.
A great many eons ago, revered Alan Moore-Eddie Campbell graphic novel ‘From Hell’ slashed into theaters with a mediocre Johnny Depp-led take on the Jack the Ripper tale. And while Moore famously criticized the adaptation to hell and back, 20th Century Fox may yet try again to adapt ‘From Hell’ as an FX event miniseries in the future.
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.
Alan Moore's iconic graphic novel 'The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen' may have gone down in flames as a Hollywood joke some ten years ago, but it seems the property may just come back to life on FOX. The broadcast network has officially ordered a TV series pilot based on the legendary literary character mash-up, but will creators Alan Moore and Kevin O’Neill have any involvement?