Alan Moore to Pen and Create Set of Occult, Noir Short Films
Even though he didn’t approve of adaptations of his iconic comics Watchmen, V for Vendetta, From Hell or The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, graphic novel legend Alan Moore is now writing his first set of short films, The Guardian reports. He plans to combine his writing talent with director Mitch Jenkins bringing the vision to life, titled Show Pieces, a “multi-layered, multi-episode narrative” with shorts Act of Faith (starring Siobhan Hewlett, known for her roles in Sherlock and Torchwood) and Jimmy’s End (going into production this summer in Northampton, where Moore lives). The two shorts will debut in October at an event in New York, and will also be shown via thecreatorsproject.com.
Whilst there’s no detail as to the plot as of yet, the shorts are to be “noir flecked” and “occult” – the latter aspect is particularly interesting, as Moore is a ceremonial magician and there are very few fictional films in the world that truly tap into the real world of witchcraft and the occult beyond the superficial face value (either being portrayed as cute a la Practical Magic, or as evil as they were in many Hammer Horror films) – the most famous films ever even slightly achieving this, looking truly into the culture and history, being The Wicker Man and The Craft. But even with these films, there was extensive research done into the topics because the filmmakers themselves were not pagans, witches or magicians. But to have an occult film made by a real practising magician is particularly exciting, and with the genius writing talent of Moore will be a real delight to see.
News source – The Guardian