Steampunk TV: Fox Commits to Pilot for the League of Extraordinary Gentlemen

The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen is getting one ‘Moore’ chance. Fox has ordered a TV pilot episode for a potential new weekly program. Fox has committed to a ‘put pilot’ deal, which means that the network will have to pay a penalty if the pilot does not air. This is a good sign that they are determined to go ahead with the series.

Those who only saw the disappointing bomb of a film (Which has a 17% score on Rotten Tomatoes) but haven’t read the comic series may wonder why anyone would want to make a TV series out of that mess. However, people familiar with the original, highly regarding comics will be glad to know that the ‘Extraordinary Gentlemen’ books are being brought to the small screen. Will this be a chance for vindication as a live action project?

Producer Michael Green (Heroes, Smallville) will be the head writer and show-runner for the pilot and the subsequent series, should it emerge. With DC’s Arrow currently doing well and Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD debuting this fall, this seems like a good time for a new super hero series to come out. Despite the sour memories of the film, the book series remains well remembered. Alan Moore’s original comic book mini-series debuted in 1999 and several sequel volumes have come out since. The series was almost derailed by the terrible film, but somehow survived.

The story featured a team-up of famous literary Victorian heroes, who unite to save the British Empire from destruction. The characters included Alan Quartermain, Captain Nemo, the Invisible Man, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, among others. Villains they’ve faced range from Professor Moriarty to invaders from Mars.

Don’t expect Alan Moore himself to be involved in the project because he has long since washed his hands of any type of adaptation, either for the big or small screen. But let’s hope that Fox and Michael Green are smart enough to keep close to the original story—which the film version did not do—and retain the spirit of the excellent source material.

Will they get it right this time? Let’s hope so.