Alan Moore’s not going to like the new From Hell news

Alan Moore and Eddie Campbell’s groundbreaking graphic novel From Hell comes to TV

fromhellFrom Hell, the stunning graphic novel by Alan Moore and Eddie Campbell based on the story of Jack the Ripper, is being developed for TV.

Deadline reports that FX has hired Children Of Men writer David Arata to adapt the doorstop-sized tome for television, while Don Murphy produces.

Johnny Depp as Inspector Frederick Abberline in the film From Hell
Johnny Depp as Inspector Frederick Abberline in the film From Hell

Murphy produced the film adaptation from directors Albert and Allen Hughes, which starred Johnny Depp as Inspector Abberline (turned into an opium-taking maverick who sees deaths in drug-fuelled visions) and Heather Graham as Mary Kelly. From Hell the movie did not work, if we’re being brutally honest, and we can see TV being kinder to the format of the graphic novel.

Still, it remains to be seen just how much of the sprawling darkness, mysticism and gruesome detail of Moore and Campbell’s work makes it into the show, or whether it’s simply a Jack the Ripper series with the credibility that comes from adapting a recognised classic.

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