Nearly ten years after its debut as a feature film, “League of Extraordinary Gentlemen” may find new life in television. According to TV Line, a “League of Extraordinary Gentlemen” pilot has scored a put pilot commitment from Fox — meaning that the network will pay a penalty if it never airs. Twentieth Century Fox television describes the show as “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.”
“Heroes” showrunner Michael Green will serve as “League of Extraordinary Gentlemen” writer, executive producer and showrunner, while “The Matrix’s” Erwin Stoff will also serve as executive producer. No production start date was given.
Alan Moore and Kevin O’Neill’s “League of Extraordinary Gentlemen” began publication in 1999, and has gone through four different volumes, each bringing new members of the League into the fold throughout time and literary space. Most recently, Top Shelf released “Nemo: Heart of Ice,” a stand-alone graphic novel.
A television adaptation of a comic has a long way to go to prove itself in the current marketplace — even one with a pedigree among fans like “League of Extraordinary Gentlemen.” The bad reception by critics aside (the film has a 17% rating on Rotten Tomatoes and a 30/100 score on Metacritic.), comic book television shows have had a rough time finding an audience of late. Recent adaptations to hit the cutting room floor are John Layman and Rob Guillory’s “Chew” and Cullen Bunn and Brian Hurtt’s “The Sixth Gun,” which NBC passed on earlier this year. However, success stories like “The Walking Dead” and the anticipation surrounding “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” may spell a positive future for a “League of Extraordinary Gentlemen” television series. Regardless, the put pilot deal indicates the pilot will see airtime, even if the show doesn’t go to series.