While footage for Alan Moore’s upcoming fantasy film ‘The Show’ is still under lock and key, the first still has been released! Directed by Mitch Jenkins, this is Moore’s first screenplay that is not based on one of his comic creations and will be a test to see how his creative work resonates with audiences that don’t include a pre-built fan base. This will be the case with all of the creators’ work going forward now that he is done with comics.
According to Moore:
“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 everything character is memorable, distinctive and attempting to steal the whole show for themselves, just as we do in real life.”
I think the concept is an interesting one but one can’t help if the “emotionally subnormal” fans of his older work are going to be willing to check this one out.
Along with the picture, an official synopsis of the film has been revealed:
A frighteningly focused man of many talents, passports, and identities arrives at England’s broken heart, a haunted midlands town that has collapsed to a black hole of dreams, only to find that this new territory is as at least as strange and dangerous as he is. Attempting to locate a certain person and a certain artifact for his insistent client, he finds himself sinking in a quicksand twilight world of dead Lotharios, comatose sleeping beauties, Voodoo gangsters, masked adventurers, unlikely 1930s private eyes and violent chiaroscuro women… and this is Northampton when it’s still awake. Once the town closes its eyes, there is another world entirely going on beneath the twitching lids, a world of glittering and sinister delirium much worse than any social or economic devastation. Welcome to the British nightmare, with its gorgeous flesh, its tinsel and its luminous light-entertainment monsters; its hallucinatory austerity. Welcome to The Show.
It sounds as if Tom Burke (‘War And Peace’), Siobhan Hewlett (‘Show Pieces’), Ellie Bamber (‘Nocturnal Animals’), Sheila Atim (‘Girl From The North Country’), and Richard Dillane (‘The White Princess’) will all be having to be at their most outgoing when appearing on screen with Moore so that each of them can try to steal ‘The Show’ while acting.
What do you think of the first image of ‘The Show’? Share your thoughts in the comments below!