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Fox Orders Pilot of "League of Extraordinary Gentlemen"

By Steven Lloyd Wilson | Industry | July 10, 2013 |

By Steven Lloyd Wilson | Industry | July 10, 2013 |

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:


And are you comfortable with living in that world?

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Steven Lloyd Wilson is the sci-fi and history editor. You can email him here or follow him on Twitter.