‘Back when I wrote Watchmen I still trusted the viperous bastards’
Alan Moore and Kevin O’Neill, collaborators on The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, in separate interviews share the horrors of their experiences with Hollywood. And, in Moore’s case, with American comics publishers.
Moore, to Total Film: “We had one particularly dense Hollywood producer say, ‘You don’t even have to do the book, just stick your name on this idea and I’ll make the film and you’ll get a lot of money -– it’s… The League Of Extraordinary Animals! It’ll be like Puss In Boots!’ And I just said, ‘No, no, no. Never mention this to me again.’”
O’Neill, on the LOEG movie script, to Times Online: “They sent me a screenplay. I read the first few pages and I thought, ‘I’ve got the wrong one. I don’t recognise any of this — the Bank of England, Venice.’ The character names were similar, but they added Tom Sawyer. It was a bit of an odd thing.”
Moore, of course, reserves some of his sharpest words for American superhero comics:
Back when I wrote Watchmen I still trusted the viperous bastards, I had a different feeling about American superhero comics and what they meant.
I’ve recently come to the point where I think that basically most American superhero comics, and this is probably a sweeping generalisation, they’re a lot like America’s foreign policy.
America has an inordinate fondness for the unfair fight.
That’s why I believe guns are so popular in America – because you can ambush people, you can shoot them in the back, you can behave in a very cowardly fashion. Friendly fire, or as we call it everywhere else in the world, American fire.