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Friday, May 29, 2015

The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen Gets A Reboot

The League Needs to be Done Right!

2003's "League of Extraordinary Gentlemen" was one of the most critically panned superhero movies and was even considered to be the movie that finally drove Sean Connery into retirement. But the graphic novel and comics series from which it is based upon is considered one of the best works of graphic novel fiction and deserves much far better than what Hollywood did, or what it aspired to do. It was clearly inevitable that Hollywood would try to bring it to cinematic life one more time. John Davis, who produced "Chronicle" and "Predators" is onboard to produce this new adaptation through his Davis Entertainment banner.


Around 2013 Fox was trying to develop a television series adaptation of the graphic novel, with Michael Green (Green Lantern) serving as showrunner and executive producer. Fox made a put pilot commitment but the show didn’t move forward to series.

The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen was created by renowned and maverick writer Alan Moore, with artist Kevin O'Neill. The series spans two six-issue limited series and a graphic novel. According to its creator, the concept behind the series was initially a "Justice League of Victorian England" but quickly grew into an opportunity to merge many works of fiction into one world.

Set in the year 1898, Mina Murray is recruited by Campion Bond on behalf of British Intelligence and asked to assemble a league of other extraordinary individuals to protect the interests of the Empire: Captain Nemo, Allan Quatermain, Dr. Jekyll and Hawley Griffin, the Invisible Man. They help stop a gang-war between Fu Manchu and Professor Moriarty (nemesis of Sherlock Holmes). Following this they are involved in the events of H. G. Wells's The War of the Worlds. And from then on, the adventures continue.

Personally, I enjoyed the 2003 movie but I do acknowledge that it has several flaws. I actually sincerely hoped that it would continue, but the movie was also a failure at the box office. This would be an ideal time to go back to this project and develop it with a more competent team. The League deserves to tap into the appeal of such superhero team films as The Avengers and X-Men.
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