Alan Moore’s League of Extraordinary Gentlemen Gets A Reboot At Hulu

Fans of Alan Moore’s League of Extraordinary Gentlemen would be happy to know that the comic book franchise is getting a reboot at Hulu.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Disney will reboot the comic book franchise from Alan Moore and artist Kevin O’Neill.

Notably, Justin Haythe will write the screenplay for the project with Don Murphy returning to produce the reboot.

For those who may not be too familiar, the original storyline of Alan Moore’s League of Extraordinary Gentlemen uses the concept of “Justice League of Victorian England”. From there, Moore developed the series as an opportunity to merge other classical fiction elements into one story. In the comics, the year is 1898, Campion Bond recruits Mina Murray on behalf of the British Intelligence. Primarily, he enlisted Mina’s help to assemble a league of individuals with characteristics similar to theirs. Afterwards, they identified Captain Nemo, Allan Quartermain, Dr. Jekyll and Hawley Griffin the Invisible Man to join their league to protect the Empire.

Alan Moore’s League of Extraordinary Gentlemen Gets A Reboot At Hulu

Alan Moore's League of Extraordinary Gentlemen Gets A Another Life At Hulu

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During this time, a war between Fu Manchu and Sherlock Holmes’ arch nemesis Professor Moriarty ensues. The newfound league put an end to this war then took part in the events of H.G. Wells’ The War of the Worlds. In that storyline, Mina Murray and Allan Quartermain became immortals. Later on, the two were in an adventure in the year 1958.

The comic book series was a sensation and gained a strong fanbase that it got an adaptation to a film in 2003. However,  it’s not unknown that Alan Moore was not very happy of the interpretation to say the least. Even though the movie carried the same title, it was marketed as LXG and was loosely based on the first volume of the comic books.

Furthermore, Director Stephen Norrington had disagreements with one of the stars of the movie Sean Connery. Other cast members are Naseeruddin Shah, Peta Wilson, Tony Curran, Stuart Townsend, Shane West, Jason Flemyng, and Richard Roxburgh.

Oscar winner Sean Connery retired from acting on live-action films after this movie. He later took part in voice and documentary projects such as Sir Billi, Modern Greeks: C.P. Cavafy, From Russia with Love and Freedom: A History of US.

Alan Moore’s League of Extraordinary Gentlemen Gets A Reboot At Hulu

Alan Moore, League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, Hulu

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Even though there are other works of Moore that found its way to Hollywood cinema, the author is quite displeased with the fact that his original concepts of the stories were re-invented and re-interpreted. Thus, a good number of devoted fans may be on the fence about another adaptation of Moore’s work. Even his other works like Watchmen, From Hell and V For Vendetta to name a few, he opted to remove himself from any connection to the Hollywood live-action adaptations. No matter how much effort is exerted to enlist his involvement in the previous projects, he wasn’t willing to budge.

What’s promising about this new reboot though is that the current creators on board are reportedly going back to the original source for the project. Something the original author Alan Moore may appreciate. One particular project he is positive about is The Show. The Show is an independent fantasy film from Protagonist Pictures where Moore himself also stars as part of the cast.

In all Hollywood iterations of his work, Moore’s common displeasure roots from the deviations or liberties done to re-interpret his story. It’s always a good decision to involve the original creator for an adaptation into live-action. Since the reboot of The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen is still in early development, perhaps they can acquire Alan Moore’s insights and active involvement to this as well. And we hope he considers it as well.

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