League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, based on Alan Moore and Kevin O’Neill’s classic graphic novel, has scored a put pilot commitment from Fox. (“Put pilot” status means the network will pay a penalty if it never airs, so…it’s almost as sure a bet as Secretariat in the Belmont Stakes.)
The official logline for the live-action project, from Twentieth Century Fox Television, reads as follows: “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.”
Michael Green, previously a showrunner on Kings, Heroes and The River, will serve as writer/executive producer/showrunner. Erwin Stoff (Kings, The Matrix) is also executive producing.
Coincidentally, Showtime has a somewhat similar series in development, Penny Dreadful (from Sam Mendes and John Logan), that will follow characters such as Dorian Gray, Van Helsing and Frankenstein in Victorian London.
The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen also spawned a big-screen adaptation, starring Sean Connery and Peta Wilson, in 2003.
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