What do the movies From Hell, The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, V for Vendetta, and Watchmen all have in common? They’re all based on graphic novels by Alan Moore, but you wouldn’t necessarily realize it by glancing at the credits. The writer has previously expressed his distaste for them by claiming modern cinema is “watering down our collective cultural imagination” — now he’s actually having a go at indie filmmaking.
The legendary comic book scribe has just announced a short film series tentatively titled Show Pieces, which he’ll be working on with commercial photographer Mitch Jenkins.
So, after deliberately going out of his way to distance himself from big screen adaptations of his work, and his general suspicion of Hollywood, what is prompting Moore to explore the world of movie making? Well, whatever it is, it’s hopefully a good thing, and the final result should be interesting.
So far very little has been revealed about what is supposed to be a “multi-layered, multi-episode narrative”, which has vaguely been described as “occult” and “noir flecked”. According to a press release issued this week, Show Pieces was initially conceived as a single ten-minute movie before Moore and Jenkins got the idea to expand it.
Long-time friends Moore and Jenkins have previously collaborated on the audiovisual and stage adaptations of Unearthing, Moore’s essay about his friend and fellow writer Steve Moore (no relation), but Show Pieces will mark Moore’s first time writing specifically for the screen.
At the moment we’re not sure how many installments of Show Pieces there will be, or what the core premise is, but expect to be filled in soon, what with the first episode, “Act of Faith,” already having been filmed in London with Siobhan Hewlett in the lead. Its follow-up “Jimmy’s End” will shoot this summer in Northampton, UK. The two parts will debut this October at a The Creator’s Project event in New York, before rolling out to a wider audience via TheCreatorsProject.
Are you excited about Show Pieces?