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Robinson Talks GENTLEMEN Changes

Writer discusses the need to alter Alan Moore's LEAGUE on its way to the big screen.

By Frank Kurtz     July 23, 2001
Source: Comics2Film


Alan Moore's THE LEAGUE OF EXTRAORDINARY GENTLEMEN
© 2001 Alan Moore

Writer James Robinson discussed adapting Alan Moore's LEAGUE OF EXTRAORDINARY GENTLEMEN into a live-action film.


While appearing on a panel at the San Diego Comic-Con International, Robinson spoke of how he adapted the comic series, with changes that had its fans up in arms. Robinson addressed the fan chagrin, saying, "The problem is if you divorce yourself from how much fun it is to read that comic, it isn't really a movie. It takes four issues to really get them going. Then they immediately go after Fu Manchu and then they meet betrayal and it's all over."


According to Comics2Film, changes made to the story include getting rid of the potentially volatile racial stereotype of Fu Manchu, while adding Tom Sawyer to the story's group of characters, who were deemed largely unsympathetic, or as Robinson called them, "two psychopaths, a drug addict, a sort of sexually ambivalent vampire girl and you've got Captain Nemo."


Still, one can't help but wonder if the final film can still be considered an adaptation of Alan Moore's work. Time will tell.

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