It shouldn’t surprise me that FOX – the network responsible for bringing a time-traveling Ichabod Crane to modern audiences with their ridiculous new show “Sleepy Hollow” – would be making headlines with another wild idea for a series, but that’s exactly what happened earlier today. THR reports that FOX has given “The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen” a put pilot order at the network, with Michael Green (the writer of Green Lantern and one-time producer of “Smallville”) writing and set to be the showrunner if it goes to series.
“The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen,” of course, will be based on the Alan Moore/Kevin O’Neill comics which features Victorian-era literary characters like Alan Quartermain, Captain Nemo, Mina Harker, Dorian Gray, Tom Sawyer, and Mr. Hyde as a sort of superhero organization similar to the Justice League or the Avengers. You’ll likely remember this concept from the awful 2003 film that was loosely based on the comic series; star Sean Connery reportedly had such a bad experience making this movie that it drove him to retirement.
The comics have been ongoing since 1999, so there’s a vast wealth of material Green can choose from in adapting the series for the small screen. (Whether or not we trust him to do that is an entirely different matter.) That being said, this DOES sound like one of those concepts that’s much better suited for a long-form series than being crammed into a two hour movie. The internet (myself included) always complains when studios announce film adaptations of graphic novels like “Preacher,” “Fables,” or “Y: The Last Man,” and a network has finally heard those complaints and is trying to create a more in-depth imagining of the source material.
Will it work? We have no idea. I dig the concept, but is a major network like FOX the right home for something like this? I’m guessing Showtime’s similar-sounding “Penny Dreadful” will be more of a hit with the fanboy crowd they seem to be aiming for, but sound off with your own thoughts below.
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