The first image from Watchmen co-creator Alan Moore’s The Show, the Gothic-fantasy drama directed by Mitch Jenkins and Moore’s first screenplay not based on one of his iconic graphic novels, has finally been revealed.
“With the Show, I wanted to apply the storytelling ability accumulated during the rest of my varied career to the medium of film,” Moore told Deadline when discussing his vision for the upcoming film taking place in his Northampton hometown. “I wanted to see if it was possible to create an immersive and addictive world with no throwaway dialogue and no throwaway characters, a world where everything character is memorable, distinctive and attempting to steal the whole show for themselves, just as we do in real life.”
The first photo was released alongside the film’s synopsis.
A frighteningly focused man of many talents, passports and identities arrives at England’s broken heart, a haunted midlands town that has collapsed to a black hole of dreams, only to find that this new territory is as at least as strange and dangerous as he is. Attempting to locate a certain person and a certain artefact for his insistent client, he finds himself sinking in a quicksand twilight world of dead Lotharios, comatose sleeping beauties, Voodoo gangsters, masked adventurers, unlikely 1930s private eyes and violent chiaroscuro women… and this is Northampton when it’s still awake. Once the town closes its eyes there is another world entirely going on beneath the twitching lids, a world of glittering and sinister delirium much worse than any social or economic devastation. Welcome to the British nightmare, with its gorgeous flesh, its tinsel and its luminous light-entertainment monsters; its hallucinatory austerity. Welcome to The Show.
Directed by Mitch Jenkins with a script written by Alan Moore, The Show stars Tom Burke (War And Peace), Siobhan Hewlett (Show Pieces), Ellie Bamber (Nocturnal Animals), Sheila Atim (Girl From The North Country), Richard Dillane (The White Princess) and Moore himself.