“The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen” may be getting another shot on the big screen. A Tuesday evening report from The Tracking Board later picked up by Variety states that 20th Century Fox, who released the critically maligned 2003 “League of Extraordinary Gentlemen” film, are planning a reboot of the property, based on a comic book series by Alan Moore and Kevin O’Neill.
It’s reportedly still early in the process, with Tracking Board noting that Fox is currently seeking a director, with no plot yet publicly known. John Davis, whose credits include “Waterworld,” “I, Robot,” “Alien vs. Predator” and “Chronicle,” is set to produce.
Feature a team of famous literary characters in the public domain — including Allan Quatermain from “King Solomon’s Mines,” Mina Murray from “Dracula” and Captain Nemo from “Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea” — “League of Extraordinary Gentlemen” was one of the most acclaimed comic book series of the late ’90s and early 2000s, first published by WildStorm imprint America’s Best Comics, and later Top Shelf Productions. But the film version — starring Sean Connery in his final live-action role before retirement and heavily promoted as “LXG” — was unpopular with both fans of the comics and critics, for a failure to capture the tone and spirit that made the source material a success. It fared fairly well at the box office, though, netting $179.3 million off of a $78 million production budget; with much of the gross coming from overseas box office.
This isn’t the first attempt at a live-action “League of Extraordinary Gentlemen” revival — in 2013, a TV series was in the works at Fox, but didn’t make it to series.
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