This Sunday night, HBO will premiere Watchmen, Damon Lindelof‘s live-action continuation of a story that began in the pages of a comic written by famed comic writer Alan Moore. Moore, who’s one of the biggest names in comics with credits like as Watchmen, V for Vendetta, Batman: The Killing Joke, and The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen to his name, is a practicing occultist and magician who is notoriously unhappy to see any of his work adapted by anyone else, and in a new interview, Lindelof says he’s convinced that Moore actually put a “magical curse” on him because he made this new Watchmen show. Read More »
Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons‘ iconic superhero comic Watchmen is currently in the process of being developed as an HBO series. Lost and The Leftovers‘ Damon Lindelof has been working behind-the-scenes on the series for over a month now. Lindelof recently spoke about the project, and gave his reasoning behind the new Watchman TV show adaptation.
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Remember, remember the fifth of October — the day news broke that a V for Vendetta TV series is reportedly in the works.
Alan Moore and David Lloyd‘s seminal graphic novel may get the small screen treatment, after getting a movie adaptation in 2005 starring Hugo Weaving and Natalie Portman. While Moore has denounced any and all Hollywood adaptations of his works, perhaps a British TV series will come closer to his liking.
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When it comes to HBO’s potential adaptation of Watchmen, artist Dave Gibbons “[knows] as much as the next person.” Gibbons was involved with director Zack Snyder‘s 2009 adaptation, making appearances and promoting the movie and he remains pleased with it. Gibbons fully supported the film, and it sounds like he’d do the same for the miniseries. The project is in very early stages, so the artist doesn’t know what the future holds, but he always thought Alan Moore‘s 12-issue story would work better as a show than a movie.
Below, read what Gibbons had to say about the Watchmen miniseries.
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UPDATE: Due to overwhelming demand and sold out theaters across the country, the one night only theatrical debut of Batman: The Killing Joke now has an additional 300 screens playing the animated adaptation of the iconic comic book storyline. Fathom Events now has over 1,000 screens playing the film’s debut on Monday, July 25. You can find out which theaters are participating in the screening and buy tickets over at Fathom Events right now.
Our original post from June 8, 2016 follows below.
Late last year, we heard that an R-rated animated adaptation of Alan Moore and artist Brian Bolland‘s 1988 The Killing Joke was in the works, which almost sounded too good to be true. A month and a half ago the story was confirmed: This interpretation of Moore’s classic comic book is indeed rated R.
Directed by Sam Liu (co-director of Batman: Year One), Batman: The Killing Joke will be released on Blu-ray this August, but a few days prior you may have the opportunity to see it in a select theater. Below, learn more about The Killing Joke theatrical release.
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An R-rated, animated adaptation of Alan Moore and artist Brian Bolland‘s “Batman: The Killing Joke” is almost here. Towards the end of the month, Sam Liu‘s (co-director of Batman: Year One) film will play in theaters for one night only, before it hits DVD and Blu-Ray the following week. The first clip released for the feature doesn’t show us whether the adaptation is as dark as the source material, but it’s a good character moment with a conflicted Batman.
Below, watch a Batman: The Killing Joke clip.
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We’ve just run down a whopping thirty potential film-to-TV series developments that are in the works right now, and those sit alongside the many comic book to TV properties that are in development. Now, that list is already outdated. One of the most recent announcements is that the excellent Alan Moore and Eddie Campbell comic book series From Hell, which thoroughly explored the story of Jack the Ripper, will be adapted to television. The comics were previously mined for a pretty but compromised film adaptation directed by Albert and Allen Hughes, released in 2001, with Johnny Depp in the lead role. This From Hell TV series will hopefully be quite different.
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The film version of Alan Moore‘s pulp/literary team-up comic series The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen was notable for being only the second of Moore’s comics to hit the big screen, and unfortunately famous for being Sean Connery’s last live-action feature role. It’s a pretty lousy piece of work, that film, that is mostly infamous for being crappy. Now there might be a way to move beyond it.
The comic series is rising to new life as a TV show — or it is taking the first step towards doing so, at least. Michael Green (The River, Heroes, Smallville) will serve as writer and executive producer on a pilot based on the comic, and if the show is picked up to series he’ll serve as show runner as well. Read More »