July 9, 2013


The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen is getting another adaptation.  Fox announced today that it has made a put pilot commitment for a drama series iteration of Alan Moore’s graphic novel series.  “Put pilot” means that the network pays a penalty if the pilot for League never airs, so it’s nearly guaranteed that this thing will make it to airwaves.  The new TV show is officially described thusly:

“A drama series based on Alan Moore’s critically and commercially successful graphic novel series about a group of Victorian-age literary characters, including Captain Nemo, the Invisible Man, and Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, who team up to fight a common enemy.”

The source material was previously adapted by Fox for a live-action feature film starring Sean Connery, but we all know how that dreadful 2003 film turned out.  Hit the jump for more on the proposed League TV series.

the-league-of-extraordinary-gentlemen-book-coverPer TV Line, The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen already has a creative staff in place.  Kings, Heroes, and The River showrunner Michael Green will serve as the writer/executive producer/showrunner on The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, while Erwin Stoff (The Matrix) is also producing.  There’s no word on whether the pilot would be ready for a fall bow or if the series is being prepped as a midseason replacement (or even a Fall 2014 show), but the development is obviously well underway.

Fox’s announcement comes at a curious time, as Showtime just recently ordered an eight-episode first season for the similarly-plotted horror series Penny Dreadful, with Skyfall scribe John Logan writing each episode, Sam Mendes producing, and Juan Antonio Bayona (The Orphanage) directing the first two episodes.  That series also talks place in Victorian London and features famous literary characters like Dr. Frankenstein and Dorian Grey, but one imagines the Showtime series will be considerably darker than Fox’s network offering.  ABC also has its own “superhero team-up” series premiering this fall with Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

Watch the trailer for director Stephen Norrington’s very bad live-action adaptation of The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen below: