Monday, May 23, 2005

 

Alan Moore pulls LOEG from DC

Well, it was bound to happen eventually, and now it has. The other shoe has dropped, and Alan is taking his toys and going home. The full story is at Rich Johnston's Lying in the Gutters, but in short, Joel Silver has been name-checking Alan in press conferences, using his "approval" and "support" as selling points for the new "V for Vendetta" film, when Alan had offered no such thing (and had, in fact, done just the opposite). Alan Moore may well be the most principled creator working today in any medium, at least the most principled I've ever heard of. He doesn't approve of Hollywood, and so refuses to take any money for work of his adapted into film, asking instead that his percentage of royalties be divided amongst the artists who worked on a project. He's even asked that his name be removed from the credits, to remove any hint of association. Apparently, Joel Silver didn't get the memo, and in a fit of hyperbolic bluster, said something that he shouldn't have. When DC was unable to provide the retraction Alan had demanded, Alan announced that he was breaking ties with the publisher and taking his creator-owned series "League of Extraordinary Gentlemen" with him.

Well, good for Alan. I'm heartened to see that LOEG already has a home, and will be published through a US/UK collaboration between Top Shelf and Knockabout. I'll be sorry not to see more ABC stories, but reading between the lines of Johnston's article it looks like there'll be a finale for Tom Strong in the offing, as well as the "LOEG: Black Dossier" already announced.

Alan's comments about the "V for Vendetta" movie, though, make me shudder with horror. Not surprising, but still and all. I mean, "FedCo"? Really?

Comments:
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