Alan Moore’s League of Extraordinary Gentlemen Gets a Pilot Order at Fox
Nearly a decade ago, iconic Scottish actor Sean Connery closed out his career with a film that had heaps of potential but fell flat on its face. Sadly, Connery’s swan song was The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen. The film, directed by Stephen Norrington, also starred Peta Wilson, Jason Flemyng, Shane West and the ever replaceable Stuart Townsend. Overall, a cast that is fairly capable and the movie had a nice look to it, but the weak plot doomed this one from the get-go. Luckily for fans of the comic series, Fox has opted to order a new pilot for a potential television series.
Fox and it’s studio counterpart will be bringing the popular comic, created by Alan Moore and Kevin O’Neill, to the small screen. Michael Green (Green Lantern, Kings, The River, Heroes, Smallville) will serve as writer, executive producer and, should the pilot go to series, the show runner. Neither Moore or O’Neill will serve as producers on the project.
For those not familiar with the project, League takes a group of iconic Victorian literary characters, Captain Nemo, the Invisible Man, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, Mina Harker and others to be exact, and teams them up to take on a common foe. As a fan of classic literature, I love this concept and if placed in the right hands, it has massive potential to be a great series. Despite the lackluster quality of the 2003 League of Extraordinary Gentlemen film, it took in an impressive $179 million at the global box office on a $78 million budget; a pretty decent ROI. Alan Moore has had a few other comics picked up for feature film in the past, including V For Vendetta and Watchmen.
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Source : The Hollywood Reporter