Watch: the trailer for Alan Moore’s “Jimmy’s End"

What the only film approved by the godfather of graphic novels will look like.

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Queen of midnight: Siobhan Hewlettas as Faith, on the set of Jimmy's End (PHOTO: Mitch Jenkins and Alan Moore)

The trailer for Alan Moore’s forthcoming film Jimmy’s End has been released by the Guardian. The two-part collaborative endeavour (he’s writing, photographer Mitch Jenkins is directing) was announced by The Creators Project in June. Act of Faith, an eerie eighteen minute prelude to the “noir-flecked” film, can be viewed online here.

In a wordless ninety seconds awash with macabre visuals (think sumptuous drapery, be-corseted harlequins and lots of heavy makeup), Jimmy’s End sets the tone for a continuation of the “unfamiliar atmospheres, precarious entertainments, and insidious detail” introduced in Act of Faith.

Have a look:

This is Moore’s first screenwriting project, a cinematic foray made all the mo(o)re interesting by his outspoken critique of any and every film ever made from his comics. Many adaptations of his sequential art endeavours (including Watchmen, V for Vendetta, From Hell and The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen) have made it to the screen, and Moore has famously denouncement them all. Following a plagiarism lawsuit put forth by a Hollywood producer after the film version of The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen in 2003, the author declared henceforth that any film based on his work must drop his name and give Moore’s payout to the comic’s artists.

Of the 2005 V for Vendetta film, he said: “The screenplay was nothing to do with the story that I wrote. My story was hijacked into something that it was never meant to be discussing. That put me through a year of ranting, ferocious, black anger. “

And of 2009’s Watchmen: “Sounds like more regurgitated worms. I for one am sick of worms. I can tell you that I will also be spitting venom all over it for months to come.”

He’s even questioned the viability of comics as films in general and has called the modern comics industry a “pumpkin patch” for “growing franchises that might be profitable for the ailing movie industry”. He told Time Out in 2009:  

I wanted to give comics a special place when I was writing things like Watchmen. I wanted to show off just what the possibilities of the comic book medium were. And films are completely different. This assumption that if something works in one medium it will work as well or better in another, I've got no idea where that comes from.

Such biting antics are not wholly without a sense of irony – Moore once told Stewart Lee that turning down hefty royalty payments on the basis of pride has been difficult, and if there was a God punishing him for his hubris “at least he’s got a sense of humour”.

Click here to revisit Helen Lewis' excellent Q&A with Moore last year.

 

(Screen grab from Act of Faith. PHOTO: Mitch Jenkins and Alan Moore)

(Screen grab from Act of Faith. PHOTO: Mitch Jenkins and Alan Moore)

(Miss Khandie Kisses on the set of Jimmy’s End. PHOTO: Mitch Jenkins and Alan Moore)

(Mitch and Alan on the set of Jimmy's End. PHOTO: Mitch Jenkins and Alan Moore)

All photographs taken from Mitch Jenkins' behind the scenes blog.

Jimmy’s End is due to be released 25th November.