Frequently dissatisfied with film adaptations of his work, influential comic book author Alan Moore has decided to do it himself. The project started out with Mitch Jenkins' series of portraits of performers at a Northampton burlesque review, and when Moore offered to write the photographer a shooting script, Show Pieces were born. The short films have been in the pipeline since as far back as 2010, when Moore revealed his involvement at a Q&A in Guilford, and after having picked up financial support from Warp Films (This is England & Four Lions) we can see two of the finished films released this month: prelude Act of Faith and full film Jimmy's End.
The second of three films to be set in Moore's "The Show" Universe, Jimmy's End concerns a Northampton writer and occultist who attempts to take over the dreamtime of everyone in the Boroughs, before extending his influence over the country and then the world. His first attempt to write for the screen, Moore jokes that the project will “expose his megalomaniacal tendencies once and for all”.
The series of short films may well only be with beginning with with plans to explore universe of "The Show" fully across several platforms. After initial skepticism Moore has revealed that he has an extended narrative which could be adapted for television, a young animator has produced pieces that will feature in the background of Jimmy's End, while Wittgenstein Avenue, a soap opera watched by the film's characters, and an online game are rumored to be being developed.
The film's website's countdown to prelude Act of Faith is over, with the 15 minute film available imminently at jimmysend.com and Jimmy's End itself being released on November 25th. We'll have a full review of both soon after.