Alan Moore Calls for Boycott of Hercules Posted by Jeremy Thomas on 07.19.2014
Famed comic book writer has issues with the film's marketing...
Alan Moore is one of the great writers of comic book history, with such titles as Watchmen, V For Vendetta, From Hell, Constantine and The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen to his name. He is also notoriously prickly about how Hollywood handles his films, and to his credit a powerful advocate for creator rights.
Now Moore is extending that advocacy to his late mentor Steve Moore, whose Hercules: the Thracian Wars has been adapted to the Rock's new film which releases next week. Moore told Bleeding Cool that he wants people to boycott Hercules because Paramount and MGM are using Steve Moore's name in the marketing despite an agreement not to. Steve Moore was upset with compromises that were made the course of working with Radical Comics on the series. Included in those complaints is the fact that Steve would not get compensatioon, as a clause where he would be compensated was removed from the final version of the contract that he signed.
Alan Moore said, "I would also ask that anybody out there who gives a damn about Steve Moore or his legacy not go to see this wretched film. It is the last thing that Steve would've wanted. And I cannot un-recommend it too highly or anybody involved in it."
When contacted, spokesperson for MGM issued a statement that read "MGM licensed the feature film rights from Radical Comics and fulfilled all contractual obligations. Steve Moore was a legend within the comics industry, whose work we greatly admire."