For reasons that can only be described as extraordinary, an adaptation of Alan Moore and Kevin O’Neill’s The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen is coming to television via Fox.
THR reports that Fox has agreed to a put pilot, which is a pilot that the network has agreed to air. This almost guarantees that we will see at least one episode of this strange little development. Michael Green (Green Lantern, Heroes, Smallville) will be the writer and executive producer of the pilot, while Erwin Stoff will also executive produce. It comes as no surprise that Alan Moore and Kevin O’Neill have no official roles on the show.
The move is strange given the fate of Fox’s 2003 theatrical adaptation of the graphic novel series, famously resulting in two Hollywood casualties. Moore has since refused any participation in adaptations of his works, while it became Sean Connery’s last on-screen performance.
The appeal is undoubtedly now thanks to the growing interest in literary adaptations, and the Victorian era tale features Captain Nemo, the Invisible Man, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, Allan Quartermain and Mina Harker of Dracula fame.
Casting and other details are yet to be announced.