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Swamp Thing

by Ryan Rigley

No matter how much Alan Moore protests, big name studios just keep making film adaptations of his work. Whether it's "Watchmen," "V For Vendetta," or "From Hell," it seems like Hollywood just can't get enough of the bearded hermit's literary genius. Even graphic novels that have already been adapted are fair play, as is the case with Fox's plans to turn Moore's "League of Extraordinary Gentlemen" into a TV series.

The network ordered a "League of Extraordinary Gentlemen" put pilot be made with 20th Century Fox helming the project. This, of course, means that even if Fox decides to pass on the series all together they're still obligated to at least air the pilot; which is great news for us and terrible news for Moore. With that, we've decided to compile a list of five more Alan Moore comics that would make for good TV. Check 'em out past the jump!

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Alan Moore hates Hollywood. But that apparently hasn't turned him off from the movie-making process completely. In fact, he and longtime friend Mitch Jenkins are reportedly working on a new film series called "Show Pieces" that is being made without any sort of studio interference.

The project is being described as as a "multi-layered, multi-episode narrative created by Moore and brought to life by Jenkins," Twitch reports. The first episode of the indie, called "Act of Faith," has already been filmed, and the next will be shot later this summer in Northampton. So it seems like Moore's aversion is less with making films and more with the Hollywood system.

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Watchmen

"Sin City" and "300" creator Frank Miller caused quite the stir last month with his controversial remarks towards the Occupy movement, describing protestors as "nothing but a pack of louts, thieves, and rapists" who "can do nothing but harm America."

Alan Moore, on the other hand, has quite the different outlook. It should be no surprise to people familiar with the "Watchmen" and "V For Vendetta" author's work that Moore's position on Occupy is drastically different from Miller's, and in an interview with Honest Publishing, Moore made those differences quite clear.

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V for Vendetta

Anyone keeping up with the various Occupy protests going on around the world might have noticed a familiar visage making recurring appearances: the Guy Fawkes mask popularized with Alan Moore's "V for Vendetta."

The mask was originally released as a merchandise tie-in to the 2006 adaptation of Moore's novel, but has since started appearing in protests held by groups like Occupy and Anonymous. Even the reclusive Moore has seen the signs of his creation being worn in the anti-corporate protests. The Guardian caught up with the elusive author on the phone recently, and he admitted that he is pretty pleased to see his work continuing to have an influence.

"I suppose when I was writing 'V for Vendetta' I would in my secret heart of hearts have thought: wouldn't it be great if these ideas actually made an impact?" he said. "So when you start to see that idle fantasy intrude on the regular world... It's peculiar. It feels like a character I created 30 years ago has somehow escaped the realm of fiction."

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Alan Moore"Watchmen" co-creator Alan Moore lit up Twitter accounts in the comics industry this week with comments he made in a Bleeding Cool interview about the rights to the book, the creative state of the medium and other topics. Skottie Young, Rob Liefeld and a few others spoke their piece in response, and there hasn't been a whole lot of sympathy for Moore broadly.

Other men failed to grab sympathy on Twitter as well yesterday, including Tom Brady and Brett Favre. Jason Aaron and Ben McCool were keeping tabs on them, while Jimmy Palmiotti made a "Jonah Hex" pitch to the world and Gail Simone explained what it will take to get her to go see the Spider-Man musical.

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"Splice" director Vincenzo Natali already has a lot of horror cred for his 1997 film "Cube," but if he had his way, he'd bring his dark, psychological vision to the comics world, too.

Speaking with MTV News during this weekend's WonderCon in San Francisco, Natali said he'd love to make a "Swamp Thing" movie based on Alan Moore's classic run of the series.

"There are two incarnations of Swamp Thing — both of them are quite wonderful," said Natali. "The first one was by Len Wein and Bernie Wrightson, which was a more traditional sort of retake on classic, James Whale-style, Universal Studio horror films. Then Alan Moore reinvented the character in the early '80s, and that's actually the version that's a little more interesting to me." Read More...

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WatchmenAlbert and Allen Hughes' "The Book Of Eli" hits theaters today, but comics fans might recall that the "Menace II Society" directing duo got behind the camera back in 2001 for an adaptation of Alan Moore's graphic novel "From Hell."

Given the high profile of Zack Snyder's adaptation of "Watchmen" (also based on a Moore graphic novel — but you knew that already), we had to ask the brothers about their experience with Moore and how they felt about Snyder's take on the veteran comic creator's work.

"My brother had a conversation with Alan Moore back during 'From Hell,'" Albert told MTV News. "He said, 'You guys do your thing, I do my thing, and there's no need for us to mix it up.' And that's exactly how we saw it. We saw his thing as source material." Read More...

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Alan MooreLegendary comic book writer Alan Moore is set to write the lyrics for the next opera by Damon Albarn and Jamie Hewlett, the duo behind the popular “The Gorillaz" virtual band.

In an interview with Mustard Magazine, Moore stated "[Albarn and Hewlett] came down to Northampton last week because we're planning for me to do the libretto on their next opera." Albarn and Hewlett's previous “circus opera” was “Monkey: Journey to the West” which received critical acclaim in 2007 and led to a series of animated promos for the 2008 Olympics on BBC.

Moore also revealed that Albarn and Hewlett will be contributing to “Dodgem Logic”, a bi-monthly underground magazine founded by Moore that will debut later this month in the United Kingdom. Read More...

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Twitter - SpawnTodd McFarlane must have the best portfolio of straight-to-Twitter artwork in comics now. Every time he posts something, like Spawn artwork below, he begs the question about why he rarely does comic art anymore. Old school Spawn fans should come on and get happy, though, because he says this page is actually for an upcoming Spawn comic.

As all of you who follow the Twitter Report know, Jock and Andy Diggle just left New York and are now visiting the "Losers" set in Puerto Rico. The Twitter Report wishes Jock feliz cumpleaños today (even if he isn't turning 65, as Diggle suggests). Links and posts of what they've been doing with their time can be found below, along with responses from Erik Larsen and Rob Liefeld to a recent Alan Moore interview and some rad Chuck BB fan artwork for Jack Black's new video game "Brutal Legend."

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Alan MooreNot so fast, Faith No More fans. Yesterday, we reported on the announcement that "Watchmen" writer Alan Moore would be partnering with Faith No More singer Mike Patton on an upcoming multimedia project for Lex Records. We've now been informed by the U.K. label that, while Moore is indeed involved in a multi-faceted project titled "Unearthing" with a variety of artists, Patton isn't among those artists.

According to Lex Records, Patton had been approached about the project by collaborators Adam Drucker ("Doseone") and Andrew Broder ("Fog"), but the initial report indicating that that he had joined the project was in error. Read More...

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