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Even though reclusive, hirsute author Alan Moore has been adamantly opposed to any mainstream re-thinking of his texts, he hasn't been opposed to selling the rights. Moore, a famous crank and brilliant graphic novelist, cited Stephen Norrington’s godawful “The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen” as the reason he would never lend his name to another Hollywood adaptation of one of his works, and it’s been something of a bumpy road since. He also decried the Hughes Brothers' gory adaptation of his Jack the Ripper comic, “From Hell,” although that film holds up better than it should when viewed today. As for “Watchmen,” it’s a text held in near-religious reverence by many fanboys, and Zack Snyder’s slavish devotion to the source material didn’t always work to the film’s benefit (though he'll get another crack in TV series form if his talks with HBO pan out). Read »
- Nicholas Laskin
1963 #1-6 (1993)
Written by Alan Moore
Colors by Marvin Kilroy and Tony Tollin
Published by Image Comics
If such a thing could be called it, 1963 is minor Alan Moore. In 1993, Image Comics was still a very young company created by the “hot” artists of the time when Jim Valentino, always the most old timey alternative rebel of the Image crew, got Moore, Steve Bissette, Rick Veitch, John Totleben and a bunch of their friends to create 1963, a pastiche on the early days of Marvel comics. The Fantastic Four becomes Mystery Incorporated. Iron Man becomes the Hypernaut. Spider-Man becomes The Fury, and the Avengers become The Tomorrow Syndicate. Image’s slick and calculated characters took a backseat to Moore and company’s retro insanity. To create a whole package, even the ads and editorial pages recreate the feeling of a bygone age. »
- Scott Cederlund
Fox has recently announced a reboot for the ailing League Of Extraordinary Gentlemen franchise. We take a look at its options...
It's probably fair to say that with news breaking recently to the effect that Fox are planning to reboot The League Of Extraordinary Gentlemen, their Alan Moore-created literary super-team franchise, reactions were a trifle mixed. For ardent fans of the original graphic novels, the response was polarised between excitement and disgust; to those whose only exposure to the League was the much maligned 2003 film adaptation starring Sean Connery, the announcement was most probably met with an iceberg of apathy floating amidst a sea of indifference.
In case you're unaware of The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, it was created by Alan Moore and artist Kevin O'Neill in the late 90s. The original incarnation of The League are a disparate group of Victorian-era public domain literary characters, brought together by »
Over the years that Den Of Geek has been going, we've regularly been charting the assortment of reboots and remakes that are making their way through the Hollywood system. This, then, is the current state of play. We've removed a bunch of projects that seem utterly dead - the once mooted remakes of Videodrome and Timecrimes, for instance - but we'll keep this list up to date as and when we hear of more.
Without further ado, here's what's coming up...
One of Hollywood's most on and off projects, the current state of the live action Akira remake is that it's back in the works. Marco J Ramirez, the showrunner for season 2 of Netflix's Daredevil show, has been hired to pen a screenplay. Warner Bros is still backing the film, »
The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen film reboot will be "female-centric", according to one of the project's producers.
John Davis told Collider that the movie will seek to please fans by "making it authentic" and going back to its roots.
He said: "It's female-centric, which I think is interesting. I love female characters, point-of-view characters in action movies. I thought Mad Max was great.
"I think you can always find a fresh way of doing something and going back to the basics. What is it that people love? What is it that made them love the property in the first place?"
Loeg is set in a world populated by characters from literary fiction. Its original lineup included Victorian figures such as Allan Quatermain, Mina Harker, Captain Nemo, »
From title changes to the addition of rubber demons, here's a selection of some rather strange movie alterations from cinema history...
The course of film production seldom runs smooth, and even the greatest films can suffer from all sorts of behind-the-scenes problems. For a very recent example, just look at Fantastic Four, a film with which suffered the kind of difficult production that will no doubt inspire books on the subject in the near future.
At any rate, the movies on this list are all examples of strange (and sometimes last-minute) changes, often imposed by producers or executives. In some unfortunate cases, the changes haven't been particularly beneficial, but one alteration turned out to be a pioneering moment in cinema history.
In every instance, the changes are unusual, surprising, or sometimes downright baffling ...
The Cabinet Of Dr Caligari (1921)
A classic of German cinema, Robert Weine's silent horror film is widely »
Back in May it was revealed that 20th Century Fox is looking to reboot The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, and now producer John Davis has suggested that the latest take on Alan Moore and Kevin O’Neill’s comic book series will be “female-centric”.
“Just by going back to the roots and making it authentic to what the fan base was really excited about,” said Davis when asked by Collider how they plan to make the adaptation work after the failure of the 2003 movie. “It’s female-centric, which I think is interesting. I love female characters, point-of-view characters in action movies. I thought Mad Max was great. I think you can always find a fresh way of doing something and going back to the basics. What is that people love? What is it that made them love the property in the first place?”
Aside from Mina Murray, there’s a »
- Gary Collinson
The last time The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen got its own movie, it earned mostly negative reviews. The 2003 film was so poorly received that Sean Connery hasn’t been in a live-action movie since…though that probably has more to with his retirement. Regardless, this hasn’t deterred Hollywood from revisiting the literary realm, as it was announced back in May that a reboot is on the way. While details have been scarce since the announcement, one of the creative minds involved just revealed a big change the new film will make: putting more focus on women. Producer Jon Davis admitted to Collider that, while the first movie had its problems, he thinks the next retelling of the comic book series, created by Alan Moore and Kevin O’Neill, will work better because of this new approach. Davis said: Just by going back to the roots »
Alan Moore and Kevin O’Neill’s The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen has flirted with the reboot treatment for years at this point. Following the middling 2003 adaptation that brought together Sean Connery et al., 20th Century Fox is said to be contemplating an all-female cast to spearhead a new live-action take on the classic Victorian tale.
That’s according to studio producer John Davis, who took time out at the Television Critics Association press tour to speak with Collider about the long-gestating project, and how the creative team may take cues from Mad Max: Fury Road (and Paul Feig’s Ghostbusters, perhaps) in instilling a female-centric plot.
Just by going back to the roots and making it authentic to what the fanbase was really excited about. It’s female-centric, which I think is interesting. I love female characters, point-of-view characters in action movies. I thought Mad Max was great. I »
- Michael Briers
The first adaptation in 2003 starred Sean Connery in what would be his final role and followed a group of Victorian-era literary characters who try to save the world. The comic was widely acclaimed but the film strayed from the source material so much as to be almost unrecognisable - and at the same time was both a critical and commercial dud.
Out doing press at the Television Critics Association this week, producer John Davis was asked by Collider about the status of the new take. He says:
"Just by going back to the roots and making it authentic to what the fan base was really excited about. It's female-centric, which I think is interesting. I love female characters, point-of-view characters in action movies. »
- Garth Franklin
The bankruptcy of Relativity may have struck a fatal blow to the planned reboot of The Crow...
To call the planned reboot of The Crow troubled would be something of an understatement. Word of a new take on the material first surfaced back in 2010, when it looked as though The League Of Extraordinary Gentlemen helmer Stephen Norrington may return to directing to take the project on. Yet he did not.
Finally, it looked as if the project had settled, with Corin Hardy signing on the dotted line to direct. But further problems ensued when Evans dropped out, »
Plenty of devious plans for future Salem episodes were discussed at the show's roundtables that Daily Dead took part in at Comic-Con, and now some of those ideas could move forward on the small screen, as Wgn America has officially renewed their witchcraft series for a third season.
Press Release: "The magic continues for Wgn America’s original, breakout hit series “Salem,” with the announcement made today at Comic-Con International: San Diego by the cast and creative team that the supernatural thriller has been renewed for a third season. The captivating one-hour drama, from Fox 21 Television Studios and creators and writers Brannon Braga and Adam Simon, boldly reimagines the infamous 17th century witch trials in colonial Massachusetts in a world where witches are real, but they are not who or what they seem to be. The third season will begin production in Shreveport, La later this year for a 2016 debut. »
- Derek Anderson
San Diego Comic-Con 2015 has released their full schedule for Saturday, July 11. For your convenience, we have pulled out all of the movie, TV and DVD related panels and events below, but you can can visit Comic-Con.org to check out the full schedule including comic book and video game panels. Take a look at all of the movie, TV and DVD events that will take place during the first day of Comic Con.
10:00am - 11:00am SpongeBob SquarePants
The cast of SpongeBob is back! All your Bikini Bottom favorites are on hand to perform Idiot Box at a live table read as chosen by the fans online. Featuring Tom Kenny (SpongeBob), Bill Fagerbakke (Patrick Star), Rodger Bumpass (Squidward), and Dee Bradley Baker (all other Biukini Bottomites.. Following the performance will be a Q&A with the cast and creative director, Vincent Waller. Plus, a sneak peek at a »
Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg played a pair of mismatched cops in the 2010 action-comedy The Other Guys. This December, the actors will once again join forces in the upcoming film Daddy's Home. Arriving just in time for Father's Day, the first trailer for the Christmas Day-bound comedy has been unveiled, and in the first look, a super cool father (played by Wahlberg) and a nerdy, neurotic stepdad (Ferrell) battle over the affection of their children.
Ferrell bears the brunt of the pain in the Daddy's Home trailer, getting thrown off a motorcycle, »
With San Diego Comic-Con coming up (July 9th–12th), 20th Century Fox Television recently ensured that horror hounds will have a lot to look forward to, including an American Horror Story: Hotel panel and the world premiere of Scream Queens:
Press Release (via IGN) -- "American Horror Story & Scream Queens Get ready to scream! It’s a Comic-Con horror fest when members of the all-star cast of Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk and Ian Brennan’s Fox comedy “Scream Queens” (Jamie Lee Curtis—the original “scream queen”—Emma Roberts, Lea Michele, Skyler Samuels, and Keke Palmer) come face to face with the stars of Murphy and Falchuk’s FX dramas “American Horror Story: Freak Show” and upcoming “American Horror Story: Hotel” (Kathy Bates, Angela Bassett, Sarah Paulson, Evan Peters, and Matt Bomer). This lively gathering of headliners promises laughs, scares and secrets from the sets.
- Derek Anderson
Cover Story: After being pushed to the margins of power when he was unceremoniously dumped from the top job at Fox Filmed Entertainment, Tom Rothman is back.
Back greenlighting films, haggling over budgets, and coming off as the smartest, and, his detractors say, cockiest, person in the room — in his latest role as chairman of Sony Pictures Entertainment’s Motion Picture Group.
Every studio eventually becomes a reflection of the man or woman running it, so in the case of Sony, that image stands to be a blur of contradictions. Rothman is a cineaste who launched arthouse label Fox Searchlight, and the man who greenlit “Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel.” An executive of expansive vision, and petty grievances. A risk taker and penny-pincher. A creative force who often clashes with talent.
Tim McDonagh for Variety
Rothman’s second rise to the top of a major studio is not a »
- Brent Lang and James Rainey
In this edition of The Week in Spandex, we look at Suicide Squad, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Wonder Woman, Superman Lives, Justice League Mortal, Arrow, Static Shock, Gotham, Supergirl, Lego DC Comics Super Heroes – Justice League: Attack of the Legion of Doom!, The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, Avengers: Age of Ultron, Ant-Man, Captain America: Civil War, Doctor Strange, Guardians of the Galaxy, Daredevil, A.K.A. Jessica Jones, Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H., X-Men: Apocalypse, Deadpool, Gambit, Fantastic Four, Heroes Reborn and more…
Well, Suicide Squad just added another couple of hundred million to its box office haul, with the latest set photos from the film confirming once and for all that The Dark Knight is set to feature in next year’s DC supervillain ensemble. We’ll not get into any detail here for fear of minor spoilers, but you can check out the Bat-related set photos and video here, »
- Gary Collinson
Special effects legend Rick Baker formally announced his retirement this week. Baker cited a “cheap and fast” philosophy in the movie industry that was at odds with his desire to ensure things got done right as the catalyst for his retirement. Baker’s work stretches across several prominent films, from An American Werewolf in London to Videodrome to The Rocketeer to Ed Wood to Tim Burton’s Planet of the Apes and Tropic Thunder. Baker also worked on the Men in Black films and Michael Jackson’s famous “Thriller” music video. The 2014 feature Maleficent will now stand as his last work.
Baker will, however, be auctioning off his famous work via The Prop Store, beginning today.
Jessica Chastain and Amy Schumer are poised to work together on a new comedy. The Tracking Board has reported that Chastain, known mostly for her dramatic work in features such as The Tree of Life and Zero Dark Thirty, »
- Deepayan Sengupta
Writer – Alan Moore
Art – Jacen Burrows
Colors – Juan Rodriguez
Letters – Kurt Hathaway
Publisher – Avatar Press
On its surface, the story of Providence is the story of two genre fiction visionaries who in practice couldn’t be more dissimilar. One died a good decade-plus before the other was born. One wrote mostly prose fiction and probably would have despised the funny books that are the other’s stock-in-trade. One deals mostly in existential dread while the other routinely deals in sex, love, heartbreak, death, and all the messy bits of individual human existence. But Providence aims to find some middle ground between the two.
It’s appropriate that Providence, the long-awaited Lovecraft deconstruction comic miniseries, should come this year, the 125th anniversary of Lovecraft’s birth. No matter what Lovecraft’s place among the pantheon of great horror-fantasy writers might be, it’s a matter of course that modern critical »
- Luke Dorian Blackwood
The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen: A new version of Alan Moore's comic book series The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen is on its way. The series features well-known, Victorian Era fictional characters like Captain Nemo, Dorian Gray, and Dr. Jekyll/Mr. Hyde as they team up to fight an evil foe; Sean Connery starred in a movie version (above) back in 2003. [The Tracking Board] CHiPs: Vincent D'Onofrio (Daredevil) is in negotiations to play a villain in the big-screen version of CHiPs. The TV show ran from 1977 to 1983, revolving around two California Highway Patrol motor officers. The movie will star Dax Shephard, who co-wrote the screenplay and will direct, and Michael Pena; they will take on a gang of auto thieves, led by the villain...
- Peter Martin
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