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Alan Moore Film Adaptations [and why he hates them]

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Manuela Biener

on 20 April 2010

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Alan Moore From Hell Watchmen Born 18 November 1953 in Northampton, England, UK
Best known for V for Vendetta, Watchmen, and From Hell (and for you nerds out there like us, The Killing Joke, Hellblazer aka Constantine, and more...)
Only a writer, didnt illustrate his own work
Expelled from school at 17 for dealing LSD, did odd jobs until he got into cartooning in the late 1970s
He himself is a proclaimed anarchist and practices magic; influenced in his work's themes.
He has also had many disputes with Marvel and DC, as well as the film adaptation of his comics that he didnt like at all.

[And Why He Hates Them] League of
Extraordinary Gentlemen V For Vendetta "I find film in its modern form to be quite bullying. It spoon-feeds us, which has the effect of watering down our collective cultural imagination. It is as if we are freshly hatched birds looking up with our mouths open waiting for Hollywood to feed us more regurgitated worms. The Watchmen film sounds like more regurgitated worms. I for one am sick of worms. Can't we get something else?Perhaps some takeout? Even Chinese worms would be a nice change."-Alan Moore, L.A.Times 9/18/08 Moore's Story centers around the jack the ripper killings in 1888 London
more of a procedural or mood piece, interpreting the doctor's murders as an end to the Victorian age
Used symbols of masonry, ancient history and mysticism
film adaptation focused more on the murders and crime
added some elements of moore's original psychological elements and style of art, but left audience confused;didnt coincide with the film, only the novel
story changed so drastically, happy ending? and Heather Graham cant play a period role ATALL.
Alan Moore Film Adaptations horrible, shit trailer. film trailer/animated novel side by side Alan Moore Tells his thoughts behind V Set in a dystopian future United Kingdom 1990s
depicts a post nuclear war Britain, much is destroyed and dark
Norsefire rises to power as the fascist dictatorship leader Adam Susan (Adam Sutler in film)
perhaps one of the only worthy film adaptations of one of Moore's work
use of letter V and number 5
Evey's name for exampl:E is the 5th letter of the alphabet and V is the 5th from the end. Roman numeral V means 5; plays beethoven's fifth symphony; [in film] V gets shot at 5 times, and throws 5 daggers at Creedy's men
Evey changed from 16 year old prostitute to a slightly older young woman working at the country's news network; many anarchist themes, drug references removed and the 'political message' altered to fit a modern day audience
Moore thought of it as a “Justice League of Victorian England”Film roughly based on Volume 1Characters are from famous pieces of British literature
Film directed by Stephen Norrington from Blade
Intended to be the first of a long series of films
Added two major characters: Dorian Gray and Tom Sawyer
Why Sawyer? Because apparently the Brits can't do anything without our help
Why stay with the source material? Let's make Mina a flippin' vampire!
Moore thought he could profit from the films. He was wrong. DEAD WRONG!
Multi=million dollar lawsuit resulted from the film
Sean Connery's last performance. Wonder why?
Much more successful than I want to remember it. A QUOTE: Horrible 90s Action Trailer from 2003 Zach Snyder's Version of Fight Porn
Novel thought by many to be the greatest graphic novel of all time.
Moore specifically wrote it to be "unfilmable"...so everybody tried to make it into a movie.
Many names came up to film a version, including Darren Aronofsky and Paul Greengrass
Eventually given to Zach Snyder of 300 fame, who gladly gave us more slo-mo and fight porn
Not COMPLETELY faithful, but definitely the most faithful of any of these adaptations. See side by side comparison
Bottom line: there's no way ANYBODY could have filmed the novel right from the source material, but this is about as close as was humanly possible
What was cut? Tales of the Black Freighter, the death of Hollis Mason, Bernie the newsstand operator, but all are included in the Ultimate Edition!
What was changed? The ending...because a giant squid is too dang expensive, OK? Deal with it! Also, 9/11 undertones too strong for the studio's taste.
Didn't like it? Too bad! Roger Ebert gave it 4 stars,
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