"Hateful Eight" director Quentin Tarantino revealed he had seriously considered pursuing a "Luke Cage" film shortly before "Pulp Fiction" during a podcast with The Nerdist. While he never entered talks with Marvel or any other studio to make such a film, his comic book-loving friends inadvertently convinced him to drop the idea.
"In the case of Luke Cage, it was my comic geek friends that almost talked me out of it, because I thought Larry Fishburne back in the day would've been a great Luke Cage, and they were talking about Wesley Snipes," he shared. "And I could see them both, but it was like 'I think Fish would be better.' And they go 'Yeah...he could work out and everything, but he doesn't have the bod that Wesley Snipes has, and Luke Cage needs to have the bod.'"
"And I literally was so turned off that that would be their both starting and ending point, that it literally put it in my head that, if I do a comic book movie, it should be an original character. It should be something I create rather than try to fit in," he explained.
While Tarantino won't be involved, Luke Cage will get his own Netflix series following his Marvel Cinematic Universe debut in "Jessica Jones." Executive produced by Cheo Hodari Coker and produced by Marvel Television in association with ABC Studios, "Luke Cage" stars Mike Colter, Alfre Woodard, Mahershala Ali and Simone Missick and is scheduled to premiere at an unspecified date in 2016.