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‘Alan Moore is a hypocrite and a liar,’ LOEG producer claims

Alan Moore

Alan Moore

You may recall that interview I linked to last week in which Alan Moore, in fairly typical Alan Moore fashion, railed against Hollywood and the American comics industry.

Well, Hollywood Elsewhere also linked to it, drawing the attention of movie producer Don Murphy. Yes, the Don Murphy who produced The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen and From Hell. Needless to say, he doesn’t buy what Moore is selling, so to speak:

Alan Moore is a hypocrite and a liar

— He took a million dollars from Fox for League- he did not HAVE to do so
— He claims that he never saw League so why does he get to comment on the merits of it? YOU can say what you want to- but he never saw it
— He has made over $3 million dollars on the increased sales of the Watchmen hardcover due to the film- he isn’t returning that money
–He sold the rights to Watchment in 1988
— He attacked V for Vendetta back when it came out- after he had sold those rights

He is an old man who smokes too much hash and prays to a lizard god. Don’t buy his bullshit.

The outspoken Murphy, whom Noel Murray reminds us is famous for being beaten up in 1997 by Quentin Tarantino, stand his ground as the comments section devolves into a colorful, and brutal, minefield of insults — many of which originate with Murphy.

(Via Murray)

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A Transformer Fan

February 17, 2009 at 9:45 am

This is the same Don Murphy who worked on Transformers : The Movie, aka BAYSPLOSIONS GONE WILD, a complete piece of tripe.

Consume Mr. Murphy’s swill at your own risk.

I’m just kind of aghast that Quentin Tarantino has beaten anybody up.

Oh wait, this (http://tinyurl.com/cphex8) says “slap fight.” That makes more sense.

Ahhh don murphy, always good for a laugh.

You see, Don, you probably would have come across a lot more convincingly if you hadn’t thrown that last line in.

Granted, Moore did take money back then. But it really doesn’t detract from the fact that the movies made here were inferior placed next to the books they were based on.

I myself quite liked V for Vendetta. Sure it was very different from the book, but it remained in the spirit of it.

From Hell on the other hand did not. And The League of Extraordinary gentlemen was barely even an adaptation. And complain all you want about money, the bottom line is that that it was a terrible movie.

You gotta give him credit, based off those numbers, I’m not buying what Moore’s selling, either. I love his writing, though.

You see, Don, you probably would have come across a lot more convincingly if you hadn’t thrown that last line in.

Granted, Moore did take money back then. But it really doesn’t detract from the fact that the movies made here were inferior placed next to the books they were based on.

I myself quite liked V for Vendetta. Sure it was very different from the book, but it remained in the spirit of it.

From Hell on the other hand did not. And The League of Extraordinary gentlemen was barely even an adaptation. And complain all you want about money, the bottom line is that that it was a terrible movie.
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Not really the point, is it? Moore’s credibility is lost when you consider these statements. Now, I’m not saying they’re true. I have no way of knowing. But if they are, then yeah, this same guy who is profiting off of the products is criticizing. And he hasn’t seen it, to boot.

The fact that the movies were bad doesn’t detract that Moore’s actions, if these statements are true, are hypocritical.

It’d be a lot easier to buy Simpson’s claims if there was one movie based on Alan’s books that was even half as engrossing as Alan’s actual books.

What a dick. It’s a proven fact that Alan Moore’s name was left off of those movies, just as he had asked them to do after seeing what a disaster LXG was, and he gave 100% of the royalties V and Watchmen to the artists. Making money off of his comics was never Moore’s problem, it was taking money from Hollywood for the terrible movies that are produced that defame his comic work.

I don’t get Alan Moore. How many writers have had their books made into movies and uttered not one word to complain. It’s give and take. Moore is about more and more. Enough already, this is one drummer I heard far too much. He has become a pervert with his latest books, I don’t feel any remorse for the guy. Be humble and thank your lucky stars that people want to make movies about your work. If he can do a better job, let him direct his own movies. What is with the Rasputin look?

ElCoyote's Prophet

February 17, 2009 at 10:38 am

Don Murphy has never been involved in a watchable movie.

Don Murphy is a liar! The nerve! We all know Moore prays to a fictional -snake- god. While both reptiles, snakes are not lizards.

Kidding aside, as pretentious as Moore is, I’d rather side with him. I am actually looking forward to the Watchmen film and liked V for Vendetta even if it was a bit watered down and changed. Yet I overall side with Moore. LXG was a prime example Hollywood crapping on a book. Alan Moore didn’t need to see the thing to know it was bad. Do you really need to see your puppy tossed in a blender to know it will be a bad thing and a horrible experience for you?

“I don’t get Alan Moore. How many writers have had their books made into movies and uttered not one word to complain. It’s give and take. Moore is about more and more. Enough already, this is one drummer I heard far too much. He has become a pervert with his latest books, I don’t feel any remorse for the guy. Be humble and thank your lucky stars that people want to make movies about your work. If he can do a better job, let him direct his own movies. What is with the Rasputin look?”

Getting his position isn’t hard. He was happy to take the money and put up with inferior adaptations until one of them landed him in court (LXG) and Fox settled, making it seem like Moore was a plagiarist.

At that point Moore decided that he didn’t want to put up with it anymore.

Leaving aside the question of taking money from the movies, how is it hypocritical to make money from more sales of the books? If somebody makes a movie out of your book and that increases your book’s sales, it doesn’t mean you have to like the movie. Or is this some Hollywood view that the book is only really a spin-off of the movie?

WOW, I am astonished. Is this really written by a movie producer? Did gremlins mess with my computer?

Murphy’s clearly an obnoxious turd, don’t get me wrong, but couldn’t the first commenter have cited a case where he ruined something that mattered rather than a case of making a worthless movie from a worthless source?
Caring seriously about the Transformers and getting deeply upset about how the source material is “respected” in a movie adaptation is a sure indication of brain damage.

I personally thought it was always common knowledge that Alan Moore is a humongous crank.

I’m surprised we needed a movie guy to tell a lot of people this.

ElCoyote's Prophet

February 17, 2009 at 4:00 pm

I’d rather be considered a crank and have produced what Moore has produced than be the Coolest Guy Ever and be stuck with Don Murphy’s track record of shit ass movies.

It’s cool that most here are attacking ad hominem instead of, you know, addressing the actual argument.

Ummm…You make shit based on great work and the guy can’t even get as much cash as possible, as a consolation prize for his great work now forever having to be tied down to shit? As everyone’s quite simply pointed out, Mr. Murphy really should exercise some silence.

He has made over $3 million dollars on the increased sales of the Watchmen hardcover due to the film
Bollocks. Has Watchmen even sold three million copies since the movie started being publicised? Isn’t it nearer one million? And bearing in mind Moore is unlikely to make more than a few Pennies off each copy sold, if that

He sold the rights to Watchment in 1988

Moore never owned the rights to Watchmen… he expected to get some rights back in 1988, six months after the tpb would have gone out of print if it hadn’t been such a huge success, as per the original deal. But that never happened. And he lost the rights to V For Vendetta pretty much the exact same way. How did he sell rights he didn’t have?

Sorry, who’s a liar? And why are we giving this bullshit artist and his ridiculous libels extra air?

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