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n a new interview with The Guardian, legendary comic book writer Alan Moore is bidding farewell to his legacy, right after he finishes up the stuff he’s already working on.
Speaking at the press conference in support of his new novel, Jerusalem, Moore made the announcement Thursday:
“There are a couple of issues of an Avatar (Press) book that I am doing at the moment, part of the HP Lovecraft work I’ve been working on recently. Me and Kevin will be finishing Cinema Purgatorio and we’ve got about one more book, a final book of League of Extraordinary Gentlemen to complete. After that, although I may do the odd little comics piece at some point in the future, I am pretty much done with comics.”
Why is Alan Moore retiring from the medium?
He explains that it comes from a desire to avoid repeating himself, or sticking around long enough to see the quality of his work suffer. He is a true artist for that. We respect that.
“I think I have done enough for comics. I’ve done all that I can. I think if I were to continue to work in comics, inevitably the ideas would suffer, inevitably you’d start to see me retread old ground and I think both you and I probably deserve something better than that.”
“…the things that interest me at the moment are the things I don’t know if I can do, like films, where I haven’t got a clue what I am doing, or giant literary novels. Things I wasn’t sure I’d even have the stamina to finish … I know I am able to do anything anyone is capable of doing in the comic book medium. I don’t need to prove anything to myself or anyone else. Whereas these other fields are much more exciting to me.”
Will Moore stay the course here? Hard to say. While it’s certainly easy to understand his reasoning though…
With Game of Thrones on the way out, HBO is looking to the future of their series and we think they just found another MUST WATCH series!
If all goes well Westworld will be a HUGE hit for HBO, but they’re going to need some new shows to keep their prestige image afloat.
And it seems that HBO will be on the right path with Raven, a drama about American cult leader, Jim Jones and the People’s Temple’s massive murder-suicide in November 1978, according to Deadline.
You may NOT recall the tragic death of 918 of its members in Jonestown, Guyana whom were all brainwashed followers in the 70s. However, the drama on Jim Jones should prove worthy of intensity and educational for those who were NOT born yet.
If you recall, Jones was born in Indiana and started the Temple there in the 1950s. He later moved the Temple to California in the mid-1960s, and gained notoriety with the move of the Temple’s headquarters to San Francisco in the early 1970s. Jim and Marceline Jones adopted several children of at least partial non-Caucasian ancestry; he referred to the clan as his “rainbow family”. In 1961, the Joneses became the first white couple in Indiana to adopt a black child, James Warren Jones, Jr. Later, Jim Jones promoted Jonestown as a means to create both a “socialist paradise” and a “sanctuary” from the media scrutiny in San Francisco. Jones purported to establish Jonestown as a benevolent model communist community stating, “I believe we’re the purest communists there are.”
There is a lot of material to follow and recreate on Jim Jones and if they go by the years, the show could go a full 5 seasons.
The show will be written and executive produced by Breaking Bad’s Vince Gilligan, who is always worth paying attention to.
It’s unclear if this is expected to be a one-off or go multiple seasons, though a one season story seems most sensible. The show will focus on Jones but, as one might expect, will follow many other characters as well, meaning they might be able to conceivably stretch it out if they want. Still, unlike most HBO shows, everyone’s going to know how this story ends. In fact, I wouldn’t be surprised if Gilligan doesn’t just open on the mass suicide before starting at the beginning.
SIDE NOTE: This is the man that rapper Joseph Guillermo Jones II aka Jim Jones took his stage name from.
Here we go with another ruination of a great movie. For some reason Mud and Midnight Special director Jeff Nichols is going to do a remake of Alien Nation.
If you are like us, we can already smell a flop in the works because Nichols may be ok for the remake of this film. However, many moviegoers feel he is a bit overrated. We know some of you are breaking tables and throwing chairs right about now, but here is what is being reported.
At this point we are unsure if Michael Shannon is involved. Still too soon to know.
BMD has this report:
Perhaps Nichols is an appropriate choice. He’s done sci-fi, and his Loving definitely explores racism. Alien Nation basically combines the two in obvious metaphor. For those who don’t know, it’s the story of a racist cop who partners up with the first alien allowed to work as a cop in a version of Earth where aliens landed quite a while ago. They live among us, but we treat them as a lower class. (This should sound familiar to anyone who saw District 9.)
It’s a great movie. I’m not confident a Nichols version will be.
We agree with BirthMoviesDeath on that last part.