Alan Moore, the acclaimed author of some of the most celebrated graphic novels and comic books ever written (including Watchmen, V for Vendetta, From Hell and The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen), has penned his first original feature film screenplay; The Show, which is currently filming in Northampton.
The feature film, which will be directed by Moore’s collaborative partner Mitch Jenkins (Show Pieces), will follow Fletcher Dennis (Tom Burke, War and Peace) – a detective who has been hired to track down a stolen artefact. His investigation will bring him into contact with the most unusual and dangerous elements of Moore & Jenkins’ hometown of Northampton, including dead Lotharios, comatose sleeping beauties, Voodoo gangsters, masked adventurers, unlikely 1930s private eyes and violent chiaroscuro women.
In a press release on the feature, Moore wrote: “With The Show, I wanted to apply the storytelling ability accumulated during the rest of my varied career to the medium of film. I wanted to see if it was possible to create an immersive and addictive world with no throwaway dialogue and no throwaway characters; a world where every character is memorable, distinctive and attempting to steal the whole show for themselves, just as we do in real life.
“I wanted to take some very old-school approaches to film and to find out, alongside Mitch Jenkins, what would happen if you connected them up with some very modern ideas and technical capabilities, and I wanted to make a piece of radical and progressive cinema that was also ridiculously sumptuous, involving and entertaining: a genuinely spectacular show.”
No release date has yet been set for The Show, which will also star Siobhan Hewlett (Show Pieces), Ellie Bamber (Nocturnal Animals), Sheila Atim (Girl From The North Country), Richard Dillane (The White Princess) and Alan Moore himself.
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