Fox is setting up to have a go at rebooting ‘League Of Extraordinary Gentlemen,’ which is based on the Alan Moore comic book series.
Fans will no doubt remember the movie adaptation from 2003, which pretty much screwed the pooch and was disliked universally by both fans and critics alike.
John Davis is on board to produce through his Davis Entertainment banner.
Ira Napoliello and Matt Reilly are overseeing the remake, based on Alan Moore and Kevin O’Neill’s graphic novel of the same name, which centres on Victorian-era literary characters such as Allan Quartermain, Captain Nemo, the Invisible Man, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde teaming to fight a common enemy.
A television series was planned in 2013 with ‘Green Lantern’ scribe Michael Green on board as showrunner and exec producer alongside Erwin Stoff. Fox committed to a pilot, but the show never made it to air.
The feature film starred Sean Connery as Allan Quatermain; it was the actor’s final live-action movie before he retired. The studio had planned for ‘League’ to become a franchise but the worldwide gross reached only $180 million.
‘The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen’ comic book series launched in 1999. News of the reboot was first reported by The Tracking Board.
As someone who has read the Alan Moore graphic novels. I personally cannot see ‘League Of Extraordinary Gentlemen’ working in a movie format. It would have been better had Fox carried on with their plans of a television series, which would have allowed a deeper exploration of the characters. You need only look at something like ‘Penny Dreadful’ to see that ‘League’ would most likely work better for television.