After many decades, Alan Moore is finally involving himself in the film industry, albeit on a much smaller scale than we're used to. Over at TBS, superstitions are being explored with an in-the-works series based on a graphic novel by Blink-182's Tom DeLonge. And finally, the live-action Duke Nukem movie took a big step forward by adding a high-profile producer.
Learn more in the genre development roundup below!
First on the docket is our first look at the film adaptation of Alan Moore's The Show. The image (which you can view at Deadline) depicts a gold-painted man sitting on a fake moon and holding what looks to be a ukulele. Given the long hair and beard, we suspect that the man is actually Moore himself, an individual well-known for his distinctive shaggy look.
The film (an independent project produced by Emu and Lex Films) is being directed by Mitch Jenkins, working from a script penned by Moore, his first-ever original screenplay. Filming is currently taking place in Northampton, U.K.
The Show centers around Fletcher Dennis (played by Tom Burke), a gumshoe-esque protagonist hired to find a missing artifact of some kind. His investigation takes him to Northampton, where he becomes embroiled in a surrealist world of "dead Lotharios, comatose sleeping beauties, Voodoo gangsters, masked adventurers, unlikely 1930s private eyes, and violent chiaroscuro women.”
For once, the famous graphic novelist (known for writing Watchmen, V for Vendetta, The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, and more) is actively participating in and sanctioning a live-action depiction of his writing — Moore is notorious for disowning any studio project that seeks to adapt his most iconic comic storylines.
If you're a fan of Blink-182 and aliens, then we've got some very good news for you. Per Variety, TBS has placed an order for a TV show based on Tom DeLonge's two graphic novels, Strange Times. Both books — The Curse of Superstition Mountain (actually a prelude) and The Ghost in the Girl — follow a group of paranormal investigators.
"We hope to create something that could be described as sort of a 'science fiction Disney,' where our entertainment franchises are worlds that are inspired and informed by our own next-generation science division," DeLonge told Variety, noting that the main character contains elements of himself. "The gang of characters in the story is based on the tribe of degenerate skateboarders that I grew up with — right around the same time I started my band Blink-182. The story is also set in that same town."
Comedian and YA author, Aaron Karo (Lexapros and Cons), is on board to write and produce the show.
The final bullet point on today's development roundup involves the Duke Nukem movie in the works at Gearbox Software, which acquired the IP in 2010. Yet again, we turn to Variety, which reports that the developer has brought on Jean-Julien Baronnet as a producer; Baronnet recently produced the live-action Assassin's Creed film for Ubisoft.
John Cena (Bumblebee) was rumored to play the lead earlier this year, but that was when Paramount and Michel Bay's Platinum Dunes were attached. According to this new report, Paramount is no longer involved with the project.
Mr. Nukem first appeared in 1991, a creation of Apogee Software. Known for his flat-top haircut, bulging muscles, affinity for Ray Bans, massive ego, and hatred for aliens, the character has appeared in 19 video game titles to date.
“He’s a parody of 1980s action heroes and he’s like Deadpool in terms of being able to break the fourth wall,” Sean Haren, Gearbox's vice president of business development, told Variety. “We see a lot of humor in his confronting the values of today while trying to save the world.”