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Alan Moore Decides to Make His Own Movie. With Hookers. And Blackjack.

By Steven Lloyd Wilson | Trade News | June 25, 2012 | Comments ()


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Alan Moore is one of the single most brilliant writers of the late twentieth century. He is also quite possibly insane. The two facts may have something to do with each other.

His mad beard fits with his predilection for bursting like an old testament prophet upon any film made from his work that he doesn't like. This set of films maps one-to-one with the set of films made from his work in general. One can understand this level of bile when we examine what Hollywood did to The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, but while other adaptations certainly haven't been entries in the pantheon of great film, they also haven't been such abominations as to be worth popping an aneurysm over.

He's become a girl crying wolf about the quality of adaptations. It's just not news that Moore hates a film based on his work. It's only notable in order to see what creative insults his mind has generated since the last one.

Of course, as far as I'm concerned it should be Moore's right to prevent any adaptation of his work. The idea that someone else owns the rights to Watchmen and other Moore creations is an absurdity of our copyright system.

So Moore is finally just up and making his own film instead of complaining about the film adaptations of his other works. He has teamed up with commercial photographer Mitch Jenkins (as opposed to an amateur one, I suppose) to make a series of short films called Short Pieces. There is almost no other information available yet, so we'll just make a list:

1. It is being described as "occult" and "noir flecked"

2. Two of the short films are called Act of Faith and Jimmy's End

3. It will be released via The Creator's Project

4. Moore will deride the film as a desecration of everything art once was and take the president hostage after its release.

That last point might be made up.

(source: SlashFilm)



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  • protoformX

    If you were to ask me my opinion on Alan Moore as comic writer (or graphic novelist, though nearly all of his "greatest hits" work was released in issue format on comic book newsstands) ... we'll say 15 years ago, I would have droned on for hours about the outstanding stories, character development, and realistic approaches to telling a story in a comic format. I could have potentially told you the same far earlier when those same comics were far more recent creations, but I hadn't read them when they originally came out. But if asked the same question today I would talk about how the "hits" are incredible and for the most part the conversation would sound strikingly similar... until I got to more recent materials. I know that some of his work when read on the whole (which includes all the various added material like Watchmen's "filler" between issues, V for Vendetta's song and dance numbers WITH SHEET MUSIC INCLUDED!!!, and especially all the anecdotes at the tail end of The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen) may seem a bit dense to some readers. But I love that he gets that in depth with his characters and their universe. However, I noticed during Volume 2 of Extraordinary Gentlemen, that the bloom was not quite what it once was. And almost the entirety of The Black Dossier, I began to wonder if this was the same person writing the few characters who returned. And I gave up on whatever the next one was called 1898 or something.
    What really bugged me was that around the same time I felt this way regarding Alan Moore, I wondered whether or not Frank Miller's success with Daredevil and Batman had been a fluke. Sin City being his own creation I can definitely see oh yeah this came from the same guy and its in the same vein, what have you. In fact Sin City is the only Frank Miller writer/artist work I really like on both fronts. The Dark Knight Returns is a tough read because the art isn't great, or maybe I would appreciate it the whole if the art was better. So when the Frank Miller/Jim Lee collaboration came along I was like finally what I want from who I want it from. And yeah, it certainly made me wonder if his magic hour ended. And whoever thought it would be a great idea to let him rape and pillage Will Eisner's The Spirit on the silver screen should meet a grisly end. But there is already far to many words in this comment to convey my full thoughts on that debacle.
    But Alan Moore, while most likely crazy as all hell, is still far and away a better writer than Frank Miller today.

  • protoformX

    Though from that picture Alan Moore would make for a delightful Treebeard, if John Rhys Davies and Weta were not available.

  • Dave Dorris

    Alan Moore is probably the best and at the same time most overrated comic creators of the last 3 decades.

    Sure his stuff is good. It's just not as good as he thinks it is, and is often depressingly unreadable. 'Cause it's depressing.

    Ans as noted, dude, it wasn't the 30's. You could've read your contract, hired a lawyer, something. Shut up.

    Give me Bendis and Ultimate Spider-Man any day. Way more fun. Even if he did **spoiler** kill Pete.

  • Dear Alan Moore,

    I enjoy comics. I really do. Your material was ground breaking. In a lot of ways, you're responsible for the maturation of comic books from what they were into the medium they are today. A medium with long term story arcs capable of dealing with serious issues. A medium bordering on an art form.

    That said, you wrote comic books. Shut up and stop taking yourself seriously. Be happy that people enjoy your work and stop ruining that enjoyment by being a total douche.

  • Kip Hackman

    I feel like all the short films will just be Alan Moore screaming at the camera wearing different hats.

  • nAME

    "Occult AND noir flecked."

    Fail.

    Lame.

    Beyond fail.

    As for it should be Moore's right to prevent any adaptation of his work, what fucking country do you live in Steven, North Korea.

    FUCK.

    YOU.

    Here in America we have this thing called the Bill of Rights and the first of these is the Right to Free Speech, which means I can take Moore's work and characters, NONE of which are original and all of which he just stole from other people and make them all pig fuckers who sit around all day, fucking pigs in their buttholes and smelling the pigs farts and making shit pies out of the pigs shit and eating the shit pies and then barfing into each others mouths.

    And Moore can't do dick about it.

    Because this is America.

    And Moore's crybaby woe is me act about Watchmen is getting old, and tired and boring and creepy and lame, plus it;s a bullshit lie.

    He never got around to actually reading the contract he signed with DC Comics regarding Watchmen, so he has absolutely no place or claim to bitch and whine and blub about anything regarding Watchmen.

    Since you obviously loathe America and everything it stands for, get the fuck out and move to North Korea you fucking commie.

    USA! USA! USA! USA! USA! USA! USA! USA! USA! USA!

  • Jimmy Joe Scalia

    You elitist lintlicker, you read that Bill of Rights thing? Real Americans don't read, you microdicked ivy league hack. That's why we bitch and whine to our heart's delight. WE DONT HAVE TO KNOW ANYTHING!!! It's not in the COMMANDANTS. So try reading those, or attend the church of your choice and have them read to you as god inferred.

  • I sure hope you are a troll... but 1. Moore is English 2. there is something called copyright law, I suggest you check it up 3. WTF?

  • Fabius_Maximus

    Dude, your Tourette's acting up again.

  • josh

    in fact, forget the movie!

  • ,

    Dad?

  • Aislinn

    IIRC, it's only that one episode of 'Justice League Unlimited' (Whatever Happened to the Man of Tomorrow?) he likes out of every adaptation of his works, right?

  • Omer

    Well he does practice weird black magic and worship a snake deity, so of course he could be considered a little "off".

  • BierceAmbrose

    "Noir flecked" occults are the specked ones the granola people sell you at farmer's markets right? And Whole Foods, for 3x more?

  • Perhaps after Moore tries to playdoh a few of his well-written stories into cellulose, he might appreciate why the written word can't be converted to film perfectly.

  • Ender

    Come on! It's not that link, it's this link (this comment is 3rd after the other two):

    http://www.shortpacked.com/200...

    Sadly my other invisible comments are not present for me to put this on a chain. Am I in moderation?

  • space_oddity

    I think Disqus is just going wonky on you. I only saw 2 comments even though there were apparently 7. But I changed the sorting, et voila!

  • Ender

    Thanks, I'll try that.

  • Ender

    Apparently not.

  • Larold

    Please stop.

  • Ender

    I had! But you made me start again! Oh no!

  • Ender

    I mean: Oh yes! - or is that too many corrections for your delicate eyes?

  • Ender

    Well my comment is not showing so I cannot correct it, but the link in my other post about Frank Miller should be this one: http://www.shortpacked.com/200...

  • Ender

    Alan Moore Decides to Make His Own Movie. With Hookers"

    If that wasn't an Archer quote I'd assume you meant Frank Miller

    http://girl-wonder.org/girlsre...

  • Ender

    Or rather: http://www.shortpacked.com/200...

    I'll leave now. You can all come back in approximately half an hour when there will be a 200 comment thread entirely composed of me correcting myself incorrectly, replying to myself, and failing to recoup.

    Be Somebody!

  • BierceAmbrose

    It's good to have goals.

  • The words 'noir flecked' could just as easily be describing Moore's beard.

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