Steve Moore remains a tremendously influential writer and presence in today's comic book market, and while he created Hercules: The Thracian Wars, he received no payment from the film production. Because of that, he asked that his name be removed from the credits. Following his death, his name began appearing in advertisements used to sell the movie, and he has increasingly been used to promote the impending release of the film. It seems that Paramount and MGM were looking to capitalize on the surge of interest in Steve Moore since his untimely passing.
Alan Moore, who is of no relation but was a very close and dear friend, is outraged that the studios would stoop so low as to use Steve Moore's name to sell the film, calling it 'free advertising'.
Alan Moore talked with Bleeding Cool about seeing his friend before his death, and the man's concern over the adaptation. He also explained why Steve was not getting a credit on the movie.
But on this occasion when I went down to visit him, he was quite cross, because he had just heard that there was a movie to be made out of this. And he said, "I've just written them an angry e-mail asking why I wasn't consulted in this and when I can expect the something like 15,000 dollars", which was the paltry amount which Steve thought was the amount that it said he'd be getting in his contract. He was cross about this, and he said, "I haven't heard back from them. There's just a deafening silence, so I'm going to pursue this further".
When I went down to see him a couple of week later, I said, "So, did you get any response from Radical about your e-mail?". He said, "No, I didn't. But I went away and dug out the contract, and it turns out that no, they don't have to consult me and they don't have to pay me the 15,000 dollars. That must have been in some earlier version of the contract as opposed to the one that I signed. So, I'm not getting anything out of this. The only thing I am glad of is that apparently they're not putting my name on it. Because it sounds like it's going to be idiotic shit."
Alan Moore continued to explain the situation,
It was a little bit of free advertizing. The publicity surrounding a man's 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.
The comic book legend then asks fans to boycott the movie,
THR reached out to MGM about the matter, and this was their responce:
What do you think? Will you boycott Hercules in honor of Steve Moore? You can read the full interview: It sheds more light on why the comic book creator was never paid.
Hercules was released July 25th, 2014 and stars Dwayne Johnson, Ian McShane, John Hurt, Rufus Sewell, Aksel Hennie, Ingrid Bolsø Berdal, Reece Ritchie, Joseph Fiennes. The film is directed by Brett Ratner.