When Alan Moore’s The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen comic series started, it was – to paraphrase Moore – the Justice League of Victorian England. In it, a team of pseudo-superheroes made up of famous literary figures – from Mina Harker to Allan Quartermain to Dr. Jekyll/Mr. Hyde (think the Hulk but more disgusting) to Captain Nemo – joined together to fight famous literary bad guys like Moriarty, Fu Manchu, and the aliens from H.G. Wells’ War of the Worlds. It’s a series brimming with creativity and cleverness, which is why it was such a shame that it was adapted into the roundly reviled 2003 movie starring Sean Connery.
But you know what they say: if at first you don’t succeed, try, try again.
That’s right, according to Deadline, 20th Century Fox has plans to bring The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen back to the big screen. So far, there’s neither a script nor a director attached, but the film will be produced by John Davis, who’s worked on everything from Predator to Grumpy Old Men to AVP: Alien vs. Predator to The Blacklist to The Man from U.N.C.L.E.
The first League movie is infamous for a number of reasons. First, there was pretty terrible friction on set, particularly between Sean Connery and director Stephen Norrington (Blade); the experience may or may not have led to Norrington retiring from directing and Connery from acting. Second, the movie was a very loose adaptation of the comic books, completely changing much of the story and adding characters like Dorian Gray and Tom Sawyer, among others.
In fact, it was in part due to the added characters that Larry Cohen and Martin Poll sued Fox for plagiarizing a script they pitched years before, alleging that Fox merely used League as a smokescreen for the theft. Fox settled with the writers out of court, which Alan Moore interpreted as an admission of guilt.
Ultimately, the movie made very little at the box office ($179 million against a $78 million budget), though that didn’t stop Fox from trying to adapt it to live action once again. In 2013, they tried – and failed – to develop it into a TV show.
And now Fox is back at it for a third time with a movie reboot. Hopefully, they’ll stick a little bit more closely to the plot of the books this time.
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