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Wednesday, July 10, 2013

THE LEAGUE OF EXTRAORDINARY GENTLEMEN Returns as a TV Pilot


Well, you already know Alan Moore won't be happy about this.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Moore and Kevin O'Neill's comic book creation The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen is being adapted by Hollywood once again, this time as a television series pilot by Fox's 20th Television.  This will be the company's first drama sale for the new development season.

The network and its studio counterpart have given a pilot commitment to a script by Michael Green, who helped write the Green Lantern movie adaptation and also worked on Heroes and Smallville.  Green will serve as executive producer and showrunner if the pilot is picked up for a full series.  3 Arts' Erwin Stoff will also be an executive producer.

This version of The League is described in the article as "a drama based on Moore's graphic novels about a group of Victorian age literary characters, including Captain Nemo, the Invisible Man, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, who team up to fight a common enemy,"

In 2003, the League of Extraordinary Gentlemen movie was released, based loosely on the first six-issue LOEG limited series.  The movie starred Sean Connery as Allan Quartermain, Naseeruddin Shah as Captain Nemo, Peta Wilson as Mina Harker, Tony Curran as Rodney Skinner (The Invisible Man), Stuart Townsend as Dorian Grey, Shane West as Tom Sawyer and Jason Flemyng as Dr, Henry Jekyll/Mr. Edward Hyde.  The movie had a production budget of $78 million and grossed $179 million worldwide, but a sequel was never made.

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