‘The Show’: Tom Burke Leads ‘Watchmen’ Creator Alan Moore’s Gothic Fantasy; First Look, Protagonist Boards

‘The Show’: Tom Burke Leads ‘Watchmen’ Creator Alan Moore’s Gothic Fantasy; First Look, Protagonist Boards

December 11, 2018

Here’s a first look at graphic novel supremo Alan Moore’s (Watchmen) latest creation: The Show. Moore has scripted the film, which stars Tom Burke (War And Peace), Siobhan Hewlett (Show Pieces), Ellie Bamber (Nocturnal Animals), Sheila Atim (Girl From The North Country), Richard Dillane (The White Princess) and Moore himself.

Production is currently underway in Northampton, UK. Mitch Jenkins (Show Pieces) is directing. The feature screenplay is Moore’s first not to be based on one of his graphic novels.

Gothic fantasy-drama The Show follows Fletcher Dennis (Burke) who has been hired to track down a stolen artefact, an investigation that brings him into contact with the most unusual and dangerous elements in Moore & Jenkins’ hometown Northampton. According to the film’s synopsis, these include “dead Lotharios, comatose sleeping beauties, Voodoo gangsters, masked adventurers, unlikely 1930s private eyes and violent chiaroscuro women.”

Jim Mooney & Mike Elliott of EMU Films and Lex Films’ Tom Brown are producing. Finance is from BFI along with Lipsync. Protaganist Pictures will handle worldwide sales.

Outlining his vision for the project, Alan Moore said, “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.”

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