by Ryan Rigley
No matter how much Alan Moore protests, big name studios just keep making film adaptations of his work. Whether it’s “Watchmen,” “V For Vendetta,” or “From Hell,” it seems like Hollywood just can’t get enough of the bearded hermit’s literary genius. Even graphic novels that have already been adapted are fair play, as is the case with Fox’s plans to turn Moore’s “League of Extraordinary Gentlemen” into a TV series.
The network ordered a “League of Extraordinary Gentlemen” put pilot be made with 20th Century Fox helming the project. This, of course, means that even if Fox decides to pass on the series all together they’re still obligated to at least air the pilot; which is great news for us and terrible news for Moore. With that, we’ve decided to compile a list of five more Alan Moore comics that would make for good TV. Check ’em out past the jump!
An avatar of creativity, Sophie Bangs accidentally becomes the new Promethea while doing research on the mystical goddess for a school assignment. Taking place in a futuristic dystopian society, “Promethea” is considered one of Moore’s best works due to its groundbreaking approach to storytelling and the way it breaks down the walls between the story and the reader. The book itself is equal parts magic, mythology, sci-fi, and superhero, which would certainly make for one hell of a TV series.
A “science hero” born at the dawn of the 20th Century, Tom Strong was raised in a high-gravity chamber and given an extensive education by his scientist parents. As a result of ingesting a root native to the island of his birth, Strong is as physically and mentally perfect as a human can be. Throughout the series, he travels to a plethora of other dimensions with his steam-powered robot sidekick, Pneuman, and a gorilla named King Solomon.
Taking place in a universe wherein nearly everyone has superpowers, “Top 10” focuses on the police officers of the 10th Precinct Police Station located in the fictional city of Neopolis. Largely a work of parody, Moore has stated classic TV police melodramas, like “Hill Street Blues,” as a huge inspiration. That said, it’s only fitting that Moore’s “Top 10” ends up on television as well.
Largely based on the literary works of horror/sci-fi author H.P. Lovecraft, “Neonomicon” is a four part mini-series that acts as a sequel to another of Moore’s stories called “The Courtyard.” Starring FBI agents Lamper and Brears, the two go undercover while investigating a bizarre series of ritualistic killings which eventually leads them to a Lovecraft-themed sex shop in Salem, Massachusetts.
Revolutionary to say the least, Moore’s “Swamp Thing” may take place in the same universe as the Justice League but it is by no means a superhero comic. Simply put, it’s a horror action comic wrapped in a monster story with environmentalist undertones. Ask any avid comic reader and they’ll tell you that Moore’s “Swamp Thing” is one of the greatest, and most creative, runs in all of comic book history. Swamp Thing’s no stranger to television; he had a live-action TV series on USA and a short-lived cartoon in the early ’90s, but both left Moore’s musings untouched. Somebody please take that great run and turn it into a critically-acclaimed TV series!
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