The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, an acclaimed comic book franchise created by author Alan Moore and artist Kevin O’Neill, is being rebooted.
20th Century Studios is finally rebooting The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen for Hulu, per The Hollywood Reporter. Set in an alternate Victorian Age, 2003’s feature film The League of Extraordinary Gentleman from 20th Century Fox followed a group of famous literary heroes on a secret mission.
The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen is based on the Bram Stoker Award and Eisner Award-winning comic book franchise created by author Alan Moore and artist Kevin O’Neill in 1999 and a 2003 movie of the same name. The reboot will be penned by Justin Haythe, whose diverse writing credits include the Revolutionary Road screenplay, a drama starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet, and production credits include Bohemian Rhapsody. And excitingly for fans disappointed by the original feature film, sources at THR say that “Haythe and company are returning to the core comic books for their take.”
The producer for 2003’s The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen is back, Don Murphy, and joining him is producing partner Susan Montford and Erwin Stoff of 3 Arts Entertainment.
The reboot will be based on 2003’s feature film The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen. The league comprises a group of literary heroes from Victorian England, including Mina Harker, Captain Nemo, and more characters from that era of literature. Stephen Norrington directed 2003’s adaptation, which stars Sean Connery as Allan Quatermain in his final live-action role before he retired in 2006. Also in the film, Naseeruddin Shah as Captain Nemo, Peta Wilson as Doctor Mina Harker, Tony Curran as Rodney Skinner, Stuart Townsend as Dorian Gray, Shane West as Tom Sawyer, Jason Flemyng as Doctor Henry Jekyll/Mr. Hyde, and Richard Roxburgh as Professor James Moriarty.
The 2003 movie took many liberties with the comic book source material and added Tom Sawyer as a U.S. Secret Service agent to the storyline. Furthermore, many believe that the troubled production is why Connery retired from acting at the end of filming The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, with the actor and Norrington nearly coming to blows on set. Still, the movie made Fox money, grossing over $179 million worldwide.
Twentieth Century has tried to make a previous reboot of The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen happen with Davis Entertainment, beginning in 2015 with a female-driven story idea that they hoped would launch a franchise. However, the reboot was scrapped when The Walt Disney Company acquired Fox in 2019.
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