When we reported last week that Fox had picked up the pilot for a television series based on “League of Extraordinary Gentlemen”, the news was so fresh breaking that it ran before Alan Moore (he wrote the graphic novel entitled the same, do try to keep up) could slouch to the nearest keyboard an unleash his baleful wail. Well, he got there:
“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.”
I must say that I’m a bit disappointed. I had three reactions to news of the show. First, I thought it sounded quite exciting. Second, I made the automatic joke to myself about Fox cancelling it if it’s any good. And third, I figured that at least 30% of the show’s appeal would be Alan Moore’s reactions to it. This is a sigh, a shrug, a few mild words that he has already said everything, and what difference has it ever made.
This is a man whose wikiquote page has more glorious poetic proclamations from interviews than from all his books combined. The man is a mad genius with a dictionary embedded in his cranium and the natural speaking rhythm of a poet.
If he’s not going to whirl blades of words over this, I think we need to follow him around with cameras recording him until he does. Based on Moore’s opinions regarding surveillance and conspiracies, he probably won’t even think the cameras are new, only newly noticed.