Alan Moore: Hater of Alan Moore Movies, is Writing his Own Movie
Does this headline confuse you? Yeah me too, but then when has Alan Moore, the acclaimed comic book writer, ever been an easy man to read? Moore is the writer of more than a few comics that have been adapted to the big screen. Some of his comics turned into films include FROM HELL, THE LEAGUE OF EXTRAORDINARY GENTLEMEN, V FOR VENDETTA, and WATCHMEN. All pretty decent films in their own rights, but all are deeply hated by Moore
Moore has gone out of his way to distance himself from big screen adaptations of his work and has even had his name removed from the credits of many of them. He’s also been pretty candid on his distaste for them, decrying modern cinema for “watering down our collective cultural imagination.” But his disdain of Hollywood isn’t stopping him from getting into moviemaking himself. According to slashfilm.com, Moore has just announced a short film series tentatively titled SHOW PIECES, which he’ll be working on with commercial photographer Mitch Jenkins.
According to a press release issued this week, Show Pieces was initially conceived as a single ten-minute movie before Moore and Jenkins got the idea to expand it into the “multi-layered, multi-episode narrative” form that it currently takes. Longtime friends Moore and Jenkins have previously collaborated on the audiovisual and stage adaptations of Unearthing, Moore’s essay about his friend and fellow writer Steve Moore (no relation).Show Pieces marks Moore’s first time writing specifically for the screen.
Aside from vague descriptions of Show Pieces as “occult” and “noir flecked,” very little has been revealed about the series. At present, we have no idea how many installments it’ll eventually put out, or what the core premise is. But we’ll know much more soon enough. The first episode, “Act of Faith,” has already been filmed in London with Siobhan Hewlett in the lead, while its follow-up “Jimmy’s End” is slated to shoot this summer in Northampton (as in England, I assume, not Massachusetts). The two parts will then debut this October at a The Creator’s Project event in New York, before rolling out to a wider audience via TheCreatorsProject.com.
SOunds pretty interesting. Do you think Moore will make a good filmmaker? I admit that I’m absolutely fascinated by this man. He’s highly creative and highly intelligent and a lot of the themes he writes about in his comic books really grab me and “speak” to me. I’ll keep on this story for sure!