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Fox Orders Pilot of "League of Extraordinary Gentlemen"

By Steven Lloyd Wilson | Trade News | July 10, 2013 | Comments ()


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Oh Fox, you give only to take away. The news this morning is the Fox has ordered a pilot for a television adaption of Alan Moore’s magnificent “League of Extraordinary Gentlemen”. I want to be excited about this. It’s the sort of story that would do wonderfully in an episodic format, to let the overall plot roll out slowly. And of course, instead of the standard monster of the week sort of genre staple, we would get to have the literary character of the week dropping by. Somewhere a million literature majors cried out at once, as if in ecstasy.

But on the other hand, the chances of the show being any good are essentially zero. And sadly, its quality will probably be inversely proportional to the chance of it getting a second season. So hope does not exactly spring eternal is what I’m getting at here.

But on the third hand this is fantastic news from the point of view that “League of Extraordinary Gentlemen” has never been adapted before from comic form. Don’t contradict me here. There was absolutely never a previous attempt to adapt this story. Never.

Because if there was the one attempt that you are thinking of, it means that this man’s murderous rage against adaptations of his work is the sane point of view:

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And are you comfortable with living in that world?



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  • idiosynchronic

    I'm dying to find out how even HBO could handle Galliwag/Golliwog & his 2 Dutch peg-doll minions. FOX, otoh, will just use the characters in it's news division promos and trailers.

  • John W

    I expect Alan Moore to rise out of the Pacific, Kaiju like and rain down death and destruction on Hollywood once he hears about it.

  • sean

    No, Alan will just conjur some monster to do the job for him. Then post snotty videos making fun of the whole thing afterwards

  • Muhnah_Muhnah

    *Sigh*...I...ah fuck it. I'm going to see if Buzzfeed has new photos of cute animals.

  • As you might imagine, I have a somewhat vested interest in this. I've been a fan of Haggard, Kipling, Verne, et al for more years than I care to remember and seeing them on the screen, even if it is a 'Weird Tales' kind of version, makes my heart swell like the Grinch's did.

    As far as the movie goes, most of it was pretty hit or miss, but Sean Connery as Allan Quatermain was pure gold.

  • The Kilted Yaksman

    I like the movie for what it is: light semi-steampunk popcorn fare. I have not read the comics, and care not one whit for Alan Moore's ego.

  • Zuffle

    "I mildly care about this intellectual property, but I don't respect the decision of its creator to disown the filmic adaptation as a weak representation of his vision."

    You, sir, are a fucking twatnapkin.

  • foolsage

    It's ok to like a movie adaptation, even a lousy one that shits all over the glory and majesty of the source material, and not to care about the source material or the creator. If you liked the movie adaptation, why would you care about the creator disowning said adaptation?

    Having said that, I am confused. Surely there has never been any film adaptation of "The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen" thus far. Just read the article.

  • Joe Grunenwald

    But who do we think will play Tom Sawyer?

  • VohaulsRevenge

    What you say about his company / Is what you say about society...

  • Joe Grunenwald

    If that song plays when he first appears, I won't complain at all.

  • Brian Martin

    Inexplicably, Joshua Jackson.

  • The Kilted Yaksman

    RIP

  • Brian Martin

    Fiiiiiiine, J.T.T.

  • foolsage

    GRAAAAAAAAAARGH!

    * smashes everything *

  • AnnaKendrick'sLoveMuffin

    I'm guessing it will be Beiber's big, breakout acting role. You did see him on CSI, right? Nailed it.

  • God Of Bal-Sagoth

    *twitch*

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    I'm dying to find out how even
    HBO could handle Galliwag/Golliwog & his 2 Dutch peg-doll minions.
    FOX, otoh, will just use the characters in it's news division promos and
    trailers.

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