Hercules, which is led by Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson has been getting backlash for allegedly using the name of Steve Moore against his wishes. Writer, Alan Moore calls for a boycott against , Brett Ratner-directed film in support of his late friend, as it has landed in some hot water
Hercules is an upcoming 2014 American adventure film directed by Brett Ratner and starring Dwayne Johnson, Ian McShane, Reece Ritchie, Ingrid Bolsø Berdal, Joseph Fiennes, and John Hurt. It is based on the graphic novel Hercules: The Thracian Wars.Distributed jointly by Paramount Pictures and MGM, it is set to be released on July 25, 2014.
Moore, who passed away earlier this year, the writer of “Hercules: The Thracian Wars”, the graphic novel that the film is based on.
According to Alan, the late writer wouldn’t get any money from the movie adaptation. “The only consolation was that his name wouldn’t be going on it,” Alan said to Bleeding Cool.
However, according to Alan, Steve’s name started to appear as the film’s marketing tool after his death.
“Now I’d have to look at my thesaurus and see if there are any words other than ‘vile’ which I could use for that. But even in the low estimation in which I hold the greater part of the comic industry, that is a new low,” Alan 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,” he continued. “It is the last thing that Steve would’ve wanted. And I cannot un-recommend it too highly or anybody involved in it.”
A spokesperson for MGM, the studio which releases the “Hercules” film, issues a statement to The Hollywood Reporter when asked for comment on the issue,
“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.”