Once word hit the Internet that Fox was planning on adapting Alan Moore‘s League of Extraordinary Gentlemen comic as a TV series, fans have been waiting for the Alan-Moore-Shoe to drop. Unsurprisingly, Moore isn’t exactly thrilled to see Hollywood messing around with another of his comic book creations, let alone tweaking it twice.
Entertainment Weekly picked up the baton and asked Moore about Fox’s plan to turn his iconic comic into a weekly TV show. In patented Moore style, he brought up the failure of the 2003 film adaptation starring Sean Connery to make his point and said:
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…
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.
What surprised me the most is how relaxed the tone of Moore’s response was, usually he’s much more animated in style and word choice, perhaps he’s mellowing with age.
I have to agree with Moore concerning the 2003 movie though, it sucked balls compared to the comic series. There’s still the slim chance the producers of the TV show might stick close to the source material, but they certainly aren’t going to get any help from Moore on that account.
What do you think about the whole thing?