Despite busting at the box office as a feature film, 20th Century Fox still thinks “League of Extraordinary Gentlemen” has legs — in television. According to Deadline, Fox has ordered a pilot adaptation of the graphic novel by Alan Moore and illustrator Kevin O’Neill. Though neither are involved with the TV show, Fox’s commitment to a put pilot — which guarantees airing for the episode against stiff financial penalties — shows confidence in the new program from showrunner Michael Green.
Green, who will also serve as executive producer, has been a producer of some sorts for a number of television programs, including “Heroes,” “Everwood” and “Smallville.” He also wrote for all three shows before penning the film script for “Green Lantern.” He was most recently hired to help write the sequel to Ridley Scott’s “Blade Runner,” and he signed a two-year development deal with 20th Century Fox last July. Clearly, the man has some experience with superheroes and science fiction.
With the recent success of “The Avengers,” many studios are looking for ways to cash in on the superhero team-up trend. Warner Bros. is frantically working on a Justice League film, and Marvel’s “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” — a spinoff of “The Avengers” — is coming to ABC this fall. “League of Extraordinary Gentlemen” doesn’t have the name recognition of those two comic giants — it’s probably best known for being Sean Connery’s final film, a regrettable bit of trivia to say the least.
What do you think dear readers? Is television the right fit for the “League,” or is it best served as a comic book, like “Watchmen?”