20th Century Fox is looking to reboot the film adaptation of Alan Moore and Kevin O’Neill’s graphic novel The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen. The original movie was released in 2003 and starred Sean Connery as Allan Quartermaine, but it turned out to be a dud. The original plan was to launch a film franchise based on the property, but it didn’t make enough money to warrant any sequels.
The graphic novel is great, but a lot of people felt the the movie was poorly adapted. It’s kind of sad that this was the last film Connery starred in before he retired. The movie definitely should have been a lot better, which is why I’m ok with this reboot. The property has some awesome potential, and if it’s put in the right hands, this movie could end up being extremely cool. Just because the first movie sucked, doesn’t mean the reboot will, but it very well could!
The story centers on a few Victorian-era literary characters such as Captain Nemo, the Invisible Man, Mina Harker, Dorian Grey, Tom Sawyer, and Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde as they team up for the British government to foil a plot at the center of a war between villains Fu Manchu and Professor Moriarty.
I’ve always enjoyed the concept of this historical fantasy story, and I hope that this time around they actually get it right when developing it as a feature film.
John Davis (Chronicle, The Man from U.N.C.L.E.) is producing the project, and he’s currently on the hunt for directors to bring the movie to life. What do you all think about The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen making a big screen comeback?
Source: The Tracking Board