Comics legend Alan Moore finally gets to make films his way

If you know any one fact about writer Alan Moore it’s almost definitely that the man is capable of growing a most impressive beard. Straight up, it’s like a family of badgers took up residence on the dude’s chin.

If you know two facts however, that second one is likely that Moore utterly despises the films that Hollywood has created based on his work. Though 2009’s Watchmen was a strict recreation of Moore’s most famous comic book effort, it lacked a certain soulful undercurrent of lamentation that permeated Moore’s book. Also, it lacked a giant alien squid. Likewise, 2003’s The League Of Extraordinary Gentlemen transformed a clever mashup of classic literary heroes rife with subtext and intelligently literate nuance into a standard action film (and not a very good one at that, despite the presence of Sean Connery’s charming old man brogue).

Thus, instead of whiling away his twilight years watching Tinsel Town bastardize his ideas Moore has decided to take matters into his own hands. He’s joined forces with director Mitch Jenkins to create a series of short films that producer Lex Records describes as “occult, noir-flecked pieces.” The first fruit of this collaboration is a vignette dubbed Act of Faith that stars Siobhan Hewlett. Filming on Act of Faith recently wrapped in London, and the company plans to shoot the second film in the series (dubbed Jimmy’s End) in Northampton later this summer. Both of these films are scheduled to debut at an event in New York City this October.

This should be seen as good news to fans of Moore’s work, as the man is an undeniably brilliant writer whose work could be adapted into film if only the people shooting the thing actually had any idea what they were doing. Reading Moore’s work immediately prior to viewing its Hollywood analogues gives one the sense that filmmakers just don’t grasp Moore’s high-concept ideas, nor his more subtle undercurrents. Granted, it certainly hasn’t helped past productions that Moore has always shied away from assisting in the development of films based on his work — actually, in truth, Moore has been openly negative about any adaptations of his tales — so maybe a film created with Moore’s assistance, based on his writing, will actually retain the intelligence and wit of his literary efforts.

Or maybe this is all part of Moore’s plan to raise an invincible army of the dead to conquer Earth and resurrect an angry Sumerian blood god. Did we mention that Alan Moore is also a wizard? Yeah, he’s a wizard.

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