Superhero Filmmakers: Where's Our Watchmen?

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Ned Raggett, Thursday, 1 October 2015 18:56 (three years ago) Permalink


Meta Forksclove-Liebeskind (forksclovetofu), Thursday, 1 October 2015 19:37 (three years ago) Permalink

But with Game of Thrones‘ end looming in the next couple of years


Οὖτις, Thursday, 1 October 2015 19:44 (three years ago) Permalink

Jesus christ. This is just layer upon layer of unnecessary and stupid. I'd honestly rather watch a documentary series chronicling the myriad of creative methods employed in destroying all of the money would have otherwise been used to fund an inadvisable Watchmen television series.

Famous Monsters of ILM-land (Old Lunch), Thursday, 1 October 2015 19:57 (three years ago) Permalink

If they want to adapt some Moore property, why not Top 10? Unlike Watchmen, the concept is tailor-made for a TV series. Though I guess the whole premise would be too expensive to produce for television?

If they did do Top 10 though, I'd love to see the flame wars that'd follow the transporter accident episode: "OMG, they stole that light vs. darkness monologue from True Detective!".

Tuomas, Friday, 2 October 2015 07:42 (three years ago) Permalink

"Too expensive" isn't really an HBO problem. GoT ain't cheap and Westworld won't be either.

the naive cockney chorus (Simon H.), Friday, 2 October 2015 08:10 (three years ago) Permalink

Halo Jones would be ideal for a TV series. So perfect that there's no way it would happen.

Elvis Telecom, Friday, 2 October 2015 08:27 (three years ago) Permalink

I'd prefer to see a tv show based on literally any comic that isn't a finite story which has already been adapted, in full, by the dude who's trying to adapt it a second time.

Famous Monsters of ILM-land (Old Lunch), Friday, 2 October 2015 10:24 (three years ago) Permalink

aren't the ABC things like top 10, promethea, tom strong more likely to be owner-controlled? wasn't that whole thing creators' rights based?

(would like to see them try to get promethea green-lighted...)

koogs, Friday, 2 October 2015 10:27 (three years ago) Permalink

If Top 10 was creator-owned, I doubt Moore would've allowed DC to do two different sequel series to it without his involvement.

Tuomas, Friday, 2 October 2015 10:45 (three years ago) Permalink

Wasn't it always the idea with the ABC titles that he'd pass them on to other creators?

the joke should be over once the kid is eaten. (chap), Friday, 2 October 2015 10:48 (three years ago) Permalink

From here:

He had developed The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen idea earlier, originally for Kevin Eastman’s Tundra outfit, with Simon Bisley slated to draw, but the idea expanded and turned into something else and veteran 2000 AD artist Kevin O’Neill became Moore’s collaborator on the creator-owned project.

The rest of “America’s Best Comics” weren’t creator-owned. Moore struck a deal with Jim Lee that would allow Moore and the artists to get up-front payment which gave Wildstorm ownership of the characters they would create in Tom Strong, Promethea, Top 10, and Tomorrow Stories. But soon after Moore signed the contract, Wildstorm was bought out by DC, and Moore was stuck working for a company he vowed never to work with again. As he told George Khoury in The Extraordinary Works of Alan Moore, “For better or worse, I decided that it was better to forego my own principles upon it rather than to put a lot of people who’d been promised work suddenly out of work.”

Moore and his “America’s Best” collaborators continued their comic-book-making, and Jim Lee mostly kept DC at a distance, although a few cases of publisher interference would annoy Moore enough to remind him that the large corporate publisher hadn’t changed much since he had last worked with them. Moore and the artists were able to produce over 100 issues of high-quality comics before he walked away from Wildstorm and DC for good, effectively closing down the “America’s Best” line even if a few series still trickled out under various non-Alan-Moore writerly guidance.

So LoEG is creator-owned (which of course explains why Moore and O'Neill were able to take it to another publisher), the other ABC titles weren't.

Tuomas, Friday, 2 October 2015 10:58 (three years ago) Permalink

with Simon Bisley slated to draw

Pretty glad it was O'Neill in the end!

the joke should be over once the kid is eaten. (chap), Friday, 2 October 2015 11:23 (three years ago) Permalink

I hope the leak was an hbo exec at a restaurant loudly expressing their disbelief zack Snyder brought up watchmen at a meeting

da croupier, Friday, 2 October 2015 14:00 (three years ago) Permalink

LoEG was developed for Homage, not ABC, Lee just sold both lines to DC before anything came out.

let no-one live rent free in your butt (sic), Friday, 2 October 2015 15:10 (three years ago) Permalink

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