Screen adaptations of the works of legendary British comic writer Alan Moore have been a bit of a mixed bag and have often differed considerably from the original work.
One that strayed quite far from the text was 2001’s “From Hell”. Moore’s original 572-page, black-and-white work is his magnum opus – a serialised exploration of the Jack the Ripper murders that explores its themes to extraordinary lengths.
The Johnny Depp-film though bares no real relation beyond the title and subject matter, transforming the story into a more standard whodunit which pales compared to Moore’s indulgent yet nonetheless astonishing creation.
Now, FX and producer Don Murphy (“Transformers,” “Real Steel”) are teaming for a new TV series adaptation of Moore’s work which “Children of Men” screenwriter David Arata will pen. The plan is to turn this into an ‘event series’ with the much longer runtime than a two-hour movie allowing time for Moore’s original work to play out in full.
Murphy and Susan Montford will executive produce. Murphy was involved in the original 2001 film as a producer, as he was with the 2003 adaptation of Moore’s “The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen”. The Hughes Brothers (“The Book of Eli,” “Menace II Society”) penned and directed the 2001 film but will not be involved in the series.