You know how warm and cuddly and special Alan Moore gets when they makes movies from his work?
Well imagine how happy and chipper he’ll be if there is a weekly League of Extraordinary Gentlemen TV show on Fox.
THR is reporting that Fox—which produced the generally petrifyingly awful LOEG movie, a film so misguided it drove Sean Connery away from the movie business entirely—has put in a pilot order for a comic based on the Moore/Kevin O’Neill classic about public domain good guys and bad good guys who band together to fight other public domain bad bad guys.
Michael Green (Green Lantern, Kings, The River, Heroes, Smallville) will serve as writer and executive producer and, should the project go to series, showrunner. 3 Arts’ Erwin Stoff (The Matrix, Kings) will also executive produce. Neither Moore nor O’Neill will be producers on the series.
The project comes as classic literary characters including Jekyll and Hyde and others continues to be popular on the small screen. NBC for its part attempted a Jekyll and Hyde drama (Do No Harm) last year, which was canceled after two episodes. Showtime, meanwhile, is prepping Penny Dreadful, a monster origin story drama series featuring classic monsters from Dracula like Dr. Frankenstein and more. NBC will also launch its own Dracula series in the fall with Jonathan Rhys Meyers.
Producers Don Murphy and Joel Silver were involved with LoeG when it was a movie—no word on their involvement this time, but they’ll probably get a percentage.
I will say I do hope this TV show gets a greenlight if for NO OTHER REASON than that Top Shelf—current publisher of new League materials—will make lots and lots and lots and lots of money. DC Comics, the previous publisher, will also make lots of money, and that’s okay too.
Heidi MacDonald is the founder and editor in chief of The Beat. In the past, she worked for Disney, DC Comics, Fox and Publishers Weekly. She can be heard regularly on the More To Come Podcast. She likes coffee, cats and noble struggle.