ByChris McKinney, writer at

According to Variety and The Tracking Board, FOX is starting the reboot process for the Alan Moore creation "League of Extraordinary Gentlemen". I can't claim to be a fan of the original film, and can easily get nervous when I hear FOX is ever involved. Having said that, FOX is moving in the right direction with their comic book franchise in X-Men. I think FOX finally has a more appropriate respect for what comic book movies can be today as opposed to in 2003.

I've read some articles, one example coming from ComicBookMovie suggests Alan Moore's potential happiness for another film, reboot, of his story "League of Extraordinary Gentlemen". I'm sure that was just an expression of joy for the writer of the article and less a reflection of truth on what the great, and weird, Alan Moore would actually feel for it. If we look back on his feelings in "The Mindscape of Alan Moore", I doubt anyone could predict his feelings. The footage would suggest odds leaning toward him being displeased. If you look at IMDB at first glance it would appear he's currently active in doing television or film projects, but there's nothing official with his name stamped on it.

Moving on. The "League of Extraordinary Gentlemen" is an interesting group of heroes, and I think if the right visionary is handed the project then the film would do very well. I do think however, due to the film's unique characters, it does need the right room of writers and director. First name that comes to mind is the super-busy Guillermo del Toro. What we got from Hellboy I think is just what fans would like to see.

I would love to see a better Captain Nemo, along with the rest of the series' characters: Alan Quatermain, Mina Harker, Rodney Skinner aka Invisible Man, Secret Service agent Sawyer, Dorian Gray, M, and Dr. Jekyll / Mr. Hyde.

Alan Moore's League of Extraordinary Gentlemen
Alan Moore's League of Extraordinary Gentlemen

In 2013 FOX had set up the popular comic series for a series on television but as they began the pilot process started it crumbled and a cast was never assigned. Alan Moore was reported to have expressed negatively to the project's announcement. I think FOX may have liked something about the project, but maybe not as an adaptation for a television series. Or perhaps since the genre of comic book superhero movies are on the up, they're simply taking advantage of the timing to reintroduce them to the big screen.

I sure hope there's no reboot for "V for Vendetta". I love that film, like many of my favorites, I could have that film on loop in my living room and start it from any scene. As for "Watchmen"? Not so much. It was such a painful experience, likely my most disappointed comic book movie experience ever. After picking up the novel, and then seeing the flick, I just can't figure out how the studio, writers, and/or director could get it so wrong. Whoever's to blame, it was bad. I am hoping greatly that if we get a successful reboot in "League of Extraordinary Gentlemen" we'll be sure to see "Watchmen" rebooted sooner than anticipated.

If I remember correctly Warner Bros. is still the owner of the film rights, and while FOX is moving in the right direction, Warner Bros. is far more sketchy. They already ruined it once. They don't have an intriguing good to bad success ratio of comic book movies to get me excited as a studio. One big problem I see is the influence Zach Snyder (@ZachSnyder) has on the studio and the fact that Zach Snyder still defends the film. I think the studio would rather see Zach Snyder continue to make them money than to pour salt in that wound. So while I am excited to see the great possibility of a new "League of Extraordinary Gentlemen" coming soon, I won't hold my breath waiting on "Watchmen".

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