Comic Book Scribe Alan Moore Penning Short Film Series

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Anyone who’s read a comic book or graphic novel in the last 30 years likely knows the name Alan Moore. The British writer is responsible for some of the medium’s greatest achievements, including V for VendettaBatman: The Killing Joke (a major inspiration for Heath Ledger’s Oscar-winning performance in The Dark Knight) and the game-changing Watchmen (the only graphic novel on Time’s “ALL-TIME 100 Greatest Novels” list).

Inevitably, many of Moore’s stories were given the film treatment – such as From Hell, and The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, as well as the aforementioned V for Vendetta and Watchmen. A long-discussed Swamp Thing movie, based on Moore’s beloved 1980s series, may eventually gain traction, as well. Moore has developed a reputation for publicly bashing big-screen adaptations of his work; in fairness, almost none of them have really done justice to the source material, but Moore also roundly dismisses modern mainstream cinema in general.

Given his adversarial relationship with the movie industry, few would have anticipated the recent announcement that Moore is apparently hard at work on an independent film series with photographer and friend Mitch Jenkins. According to Slashfilm, the project is called Show Pieces, and will consist of several short films, all following a “multi-layered, multi-episode narrative.”

At this point, actual details on the overarching plot and tone are few and far between, but the first installment in the series, titled Act of Faith, has reportedly been completed. All that’s known is that it was shot in London, and stars Irish actress Siobhan Hewlett (Moore supposedly wrote the part specifically for Hewlett after seeing her in a previous role). Part two, titled Jimmy’s End, will reportedly begin filming in Northampton, U.K., later this summer, and will also feature Hewlett, presumably portraying the same character.

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Act of Faith and Jimmy’s End are scheduled to premiere this October in New York, during a “cultural festival” hosted by The Creator’s Project, which showcases various innovative applications of art and technology around the world. These first two episodes will eventually be available to the general public through TheCreatorsProject.com, but the timetable for the rest of the series remains unclear.

Stay tuned for future updates regarding Alan Moore’s Show Pieces.

Source: Slashfilm

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  1. Alan Moore is gandalf?

    • or Saruman…he doesn’t always come across as a particularly personable man.

    • Alan Moore is more like a mad necromancer than either Gandalf or Saruman.

    • Good writer, though.

      • Not really. If you actually pay attention to V for Vendetta, you can almost imagine him taking acid while he wrote it. Half of the time in that book, you couldn’t tell what the hell was happening.

  2. Hopefully his contract rewarded him licensing rights and total control of the characters.

    • Moore really doesn’t have room to whine about licensing rights, considering how every character he’s ever written has been stolen from someone else or based off of pre-existing characters. Take the time and look it up. I know you can’t handle your God being cast in a bad light, but Alan Moore is nothing more than a thief.

      • He doesn’t care about the characters or licensing so much. It’s the adaptations of the stories he wrote and mapped out for the artists. Alan Moore has made fantastic comics even if the characters or plots aren’t always original. His “thefts,” as you so dramatically squeal, are intentional and acknowledged.

        I’m in agreement with Moore. The movies adaptations pretty much miss out on what he did, what makes his comics stand up over time. I do think he’s a bit stubborn about not taking the money.

  3. I think I heard him say he likes Cocteau. And he did write a screenplay called Fashion Beast for Malcolm McLaren.

  4. He normally hates comic books being turned into movies because he says there’s a vast difference in the styles, such as a comic book giving you details you can find yourself on a page while a movie makes you focus on just one part of the screen.

    Kinda ironic that I just finished reading his one and only foray into Marvel comics (a Captain Britain story from the 80s) wondering what that would look like in cinematic form and then see this on Screen Rant, even if they’re completely different works.

    • I’ll be interested to see what he does for a screenplay. I think his comics, especially Watchman, are pretty special in the way they utilize the medium. I’ve always thought a successful Watchman adaptation would have to do something original and ingenious with film in order to match the comic. The story and characters themselves aren’t really special.

  5. My main issue with Alan Moore isn’t his writing skills, it’s his utter contempt for human beings. He feels that we as a species are hopeless. He says stuff like that we now have pocket-sized gadgets that used to be the stuff of Batman comics and we mainly use it for porn. Okay, maybe he has a point but I definitely wouldn’t want to have a cup of tea with him, and sometimes I’m afraid of what he might have to say in movies, I guess. He’s definitely a pessimist.

    • I don’t think it would reflect much optimism to fear hearing pessimistic sentiments in movies.

    • If Moore had contempt for his audience, he wouldn’t write intellectually challenging work. He would write morally simplistic rhetoric like George W. Bush’s pre-Iraq invasion State of the Union address.

  6. Sad but true. I read his interview regarding the ‘Before Watchmen’ series of comics, and it was nothing but 8 or so straight pages of back and forth and bashing of the modern comics industry, the breakdown of his friendship with fellow ‘Watchmen’ creator Dave Gibbons and how because the Green Lantern comics have gone apparently nuts because of that 8 page story he wrote regarding Abin Sur visiting a planet where his death is foretold, along with the eventual future of the Core. But what got to me the most was how he regarded his fan as either brilliant intellectuals or utter morons. I will continue to read and love the stuff he has produced, but the man himself, I feel sad for him, because he has nothing but venomous words to spit at the industry of today, even though there has been some great stuff over the years, both mainstream/canon and non-canon. Its one of the reasons I was especially excited for issue 1 of ‘Minutemen’ because I really am a huge Darwyn Cooke fan, not just of ‘New Frontier’, but of all of his stuff. So in a very long coming conclusion, yes I agree Alan Moore is a pessimist of the highest caliber.

    • In all fairness, I think I know the interview you mean, and he was answering the questions posed to him. He’s never called up a newspaper as far as I know and demanded that they print his opinions about the comic book industry. For a while at least, people must have found those opinions interesting, though they’ve remained constant and now I think the consensus is that the Before Watchmen debate has gotten very tiresome. In the same interview he said he had intelligent fans (what writer wouldn’t like to think so) but that he didn’t need readers who would support the adaptation of his work.

  7. the project is called Show Pieces, and will consist of several short films, all following a “multi-layered, multi-episode narrative.”

  8. dude needs to shave. and get a haircut. and take a shower once in a while.

    • Why?

  9. There was a time when I admired Moore for his stance and for speaking his mind but in all honesty now that I’m older he’s become tiresome. I still think he’s an interesting guy but dear god man, is he ever happy?

  10. As I grow older I enjoy Barney the dinosaur more.

  11. Tommy Chong?

  12. What I love about Alan Moore’s hypocrisy is how he whines about DC using his characters for a prequel to Watchmen, when he’s guilty of stealing the characters created by other authors and thinking because he’s put his own unique twist on it that it’s okay to steal it without permission.

    Alan Moore is a diry hippy who is over-rated and doesn’t deserve the hero worship that he, for some reason, gets. Watchmen was okay, but only after the first read through. Killing Joke was essentially an excuse to show Jim and Barb Gordon naked. Seriously, the scene of Joker and Batman laughing together is just absurd. It’s like Batman thought to himself, “This guy just paralyzed one of my closest allies and captured her father. Then subjected said father to severe emotional torture to try to break his spirit. That totally warrants me trying to make friends with him and sharing a moment of uncontrollable laughter in the rain!!”

    I’ve had people tell me in the past, “you’re just not smart enough to understand how amazing Alan Moore’s writing is!!” What’s to understand?

    • And before anyone begins attacking me for accusing their God of plagiarism, just take the time to look it up and you’ll see for yourself.

      A League of Extraordinary Gentleman? Did you guys think he came up with those characters himself?

      • Ummm…NOBODY thinks he came up with those characters on his own. They’re, each and everyone, very famous literary creations from different classic works. That’s the whole point: Moore took a bunch of disparate personalities and put them together as a kind of “anti-hero” team with a steampunk twist.

        You seriously believed that you had noticed something suspicious in his writing? REALLY?

        Moore is not a god by any stretch of the word. He does seem to be a particularly nice or personable fellow. He DOES make mistakes (I personally found the film version of “Watchmen” to have a much more logical, less goofy/absurd “monster” than the mini-series comics (Dr. Manhattan instead of the silly alien squid). He certainly comes across as an exhausting blowhard when giving his repetitive opinions.

        HOWEVER, Moore also possesses an ability to bring certain, often previously-missing, emotional and/or intellectual qualities to the characters and stories he writes. THAT is why so many people enjoy his work. I think you simply missed the boat on this one (BTW…don’t misunderstand: not liking him or his writing is something you share with quite a few people…it’s your REASONING/explanations that I have trouble buying).

        • Sigh…that should be “…does NOT seem to be a particularly nice…”

      • I would follow the example you’ve set by twice calling Moore a God to his fans, and reduce these comments further to the level of religious zealotry, but the happy truth is that I cannot logically defend the idea of any deity, and so would not waste time on the attempt.

    • “…doesn’t deserve the hero worship that he, for some reason, gets.”

      The key word is “reason,” Gary. Get some.

  13. One of the first things I thought of was a comic he did in the early 90′s called Big Numbers, with Bill Sienkiewicz. Only two issues of a twelve issue series were published. I, and many other, had those issues and were looking forward to more. It was more of a drama involving intersecting stories and something about a mall being built.

    I had to look this up to remember the name, but I read that he had talked about continuing it as a TV series.

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