Scoop: League of Extraordinary Gentlemen Scores Put Pilot Commitment From Fox

League of Extraordinary Gentlemen FoxHigh-concept comic-book adaptations: They’re not just for the big screen anymore.

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.)

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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.”

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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.

Excited to see League of Extraordinary Gentlemen on your TV screen? Any early/brilliant casting ideas? Sound off below!

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  1. Mare says:


    Interesting, to say the least.

  2. wordsmith says:

    I always thought this property would work better as a series than as a film. Definitely excited to see what they come up with.

  3. o.O wow. didn’t see it coming.

  4. Regal says:

    1. Will they adapt the whole thing? Even the volume that was a musical?
    2. Please say that it will be better than the crapper of a movie.

    • Pink says:

      I agree about the movie being crappy and I really hope they don’t give Shane West a part in this.His bad acting ruined that movie and Nikita.

  5. Cherry says:

    Loved the film version!
    I hope they make Mina Harker into a vampire, that was a nice touch that made the film better than the comic in one aspect.

  6. Espy says:

    Can’t imagine Alan Moore will be too pleased…or has he changed his mind about adaptions? Cautiously optimistic.

    • Andy says:

      I was just going to comment that Alan Moore wasn’t going to like this. He has disliked all of the adaptations so far.

  7. Mikaylah says:

    I really lived Mina as a vampire too. I’m excited to see what they do with a series!

  8. Shaun says:

    hmm,Comics and such making a big comeback.Kinda surprised we didn’t hear a peep about it in the works.

  9. jackie budde says:

    Love this. Love that it is a put pilot. Wish all pilots where. Would like to see all the pilots made last season!

  10. James D says:

    Sweetness I can’t believe i haven’t heard anything about this. it totally came out of nowhere. can’t wait to see what they do with it.

  11. what! says:

    Mr. Green also wrote the dreadful Green Lantern movie. Yea, I’m not going to get excited about this! Love the idea to bring it to TV. I also trust Mr. Mendes track record a little more.

  12. Danielle H. says:

    WOOT! I love the movie. I’ll take both prospective series ASAP!

  13. alan moore always give permision for movie/series adaptations with the agreement that his name never comes up even in promo, and his whatever salary to the artist of the comic book… as for the lxg please no!! it;s a bad idea!!! the success of the comic book was not cause there were a bunch of ”free copyright monsters” but there was a very sick side to these characters from alan moore… captain nemo is a misogynist and a racist! i loved the comic book cause moore was a sadist and want6ed to create a mini universe where monsters are incredible and magical and deadly and bloody hilarious funny!!! IF the pilot is good then we can have hope , otherwise good try! next time try hbo

  14. Ty says:

    Love League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, but I see a few problems.

    First it’s on Fox, which means network standards not cable; and for me personally Fox hasn’t had the greatest track record for giving shows I enjoy a chance.
    Secondly, Michael Green also hasn’t produced quality material lately ie: The River & Green Lantern.
    Thirdly, because this isn’t original material, comparisons will be made and expectations on it will be significantly higher.

    Even so, this type of fiction is exactly what I enjoy and I wish it all the best; but I’m just not getting my hopes to high until I see the pilot.

  15. EveatEden says:

    If they get the casting right then sure I’ll check it out!