Fox is Developing a League of Extraordinary Gentlemen TV Series

Sean Connery, Shane West and Peta Wilson in The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen (2003) Movie Image

If you listen closely, you can hear Alan Moore screaming into his beard. Sorry, Alan, but Hollywood isn’t done with “The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen” just yet.

After producing a less-than-stellar movie version in 2003, Fox still hasn’t given up on the extraordinary gentlemen (and one extraordinary woman) of Moore’s “The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen”. The studio has plans to bring Moore’s league back together again, this time as an ongoing TV series. Or at least, that’s the plan.

The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen Comic Book“Green Lantern’s” Michael Green has already been hired to write the pilot episode, and will stay on as showrunner. He will produce the show for Fox alongside “The Matrix’s” Erwin Stoff.

As with the movie version starring Sean Connery, Peta Wilson, and Shane West, the TV series will follow “Victorian-era literary characters, including Captain Nemo, the Invisible Man, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, as they team to fight a common enemy.”

The 2003 movie starred Connery as Allan Quatermain, with West as Tom Sawyer, the film’s American contingent. The film was directed by “Blade’s” Stephen Norrington, and got mostly negative reviews, though I liked it well enough as a piece of superfluous fluff. Sure, it took the basis of Moore’s comic books and turned it into a big, brainless Hollywood summer action film, but it was pretty entertaining in a bombastic, ridiculous sort of way.

No doubt Moore will be none too happy about this latest development. The comic book writer has never been shy about decrying Hollywood’s treatment of his works, and I’m sure he’ll have something to say about this, too. Have no fear, though, all you purists out there. Moore has since continued the comic book adventures of the League in a couple of sequels, so just pretend the movie never existed, which I’m sure is what Moore does.

Interestingly, this news comes just as Showtime is working on a Sam Mendes show called “Penny Dreadful” that sounds awfully like “The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen”.

Via : Variety