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05.27.2015

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Fox is taking another crack at Alan Moore's The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen. The Tracking Board is reporting that a new film based on the comic is in the works, with Ira Napoliello, Matt Reilly and Davis Entertainment's John Davis producing. TB says Fox is "looking to nail the new adaptation of League, and is currently looking for a director to continue to develop the reboot."

The reboot will have no connection to the 2003 big screen adaptation, which is known as the movie that "broke" director Stephen Norrington and star Sean Connery. The actor pretty much retired after THE LEAGUE OF EXTRAORDINARY GENTLEMEN, while Norrington hasn't directed a film since, although at one point he was attached to THE CROW reboot. Fox was hopeful that Norrington's film would launch a movie franchise, however negative reviews and an unimpressive box office run ($66 million domestically and $179 million worldwide against a $78 million budget) derailed those plans. Fox tried to do a television reboot a couple of years ago, but the planned series never made it past the casting process.

I haven't watched the 2003 movie since it was originally released, however I remember it being cheesy, but still kind of fun. It would be awesome if Fox decided not to deviate so much from the source material this time around, but a lot is going to depend on who the studio hires to develop the project. What's your dream team of actors and filmmakers for THE LEAGUE OF EXTRAORDINARY GENTLEMEN reboot?

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9:00PM on 05/27/2015

The first movie was at the time

when directors were all excited with this new CGI toy that allowed you to do Anything. And they then proceeded to go completely over the top with it.

I love the idea of Victorian Superheroes. And, I didn't mind this movie at the time. Maybe I have to read the comic to develop a hate for it.
when directors were all excited with this new CGI toy that allowed you to do Anything. And they then proceeded to go completely over the top with it.

I love the idea of Victorian Superheroes. And, I didn't mind this movie at the time. Maybe I have to read the comic to develop a hate for it.
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4:58PM on 05/27/2015
Well, it's literally impossible to do worse than the 2003 version, so I've got high hopes! And also an extremely low bar.
Well, it's literally impossible to do worse than the 2003 version, so I've got high hopes! And also an extremely low bar.
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4:02PM on 05/27/2015
First of all they need to lose Tom Sawyer he was a stupid attempt to bring in an American legend that was never featured in the comic. Neither was Dorian Gray, but I like his inclusion. This was supposed to be a superhero Victorian England team. I would love to see them do the story where the gang was involved in H.G. Wells's War of the Worlds. And even though I love Connery, and liked the idea of our gentleman spy being the gentleman adventurer, he felt miscast in this role, that being said I
First of all they need to lose Tom Sawyer he was a stupid attempt to bring in an American legend that was never featured in the comic. Neither was Dorian Gray, but I like his inclusion. This was supposed to be a superhero Victorian England team. I would love to see them do the story where the gang was involved in H.G. Wells's War of the Worlds. And even though I love Connery, and liked the idea of our gentleman spy being the gentleman adventurer, he felt miscast in this role, that being said I think our latest version of Bond Daniel Craig would make a great Quatermain.
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12:08PM on 05/27/2015

What is everyone smoking?

I understand nobody has actually seen the movie since it came out and you all might be forgetting this is the movie that forced Sean Connery to retire.

League just doesn't work on screen. The literary characters are boring in comparison to the big summer blockbusters from DC and Marvel. Fox just needs to focus on what they already have on their plate.

Trying to reboot one of the biggest failures in cinema history sounds like one of the worst ideas ever.
I understand nobody has actually seen the movie since it came out and you all might be forgetting this is the movie that forced Sean Connery to retire.

League just doesn't work on screen. The literary characters are boring in comparison to the big summer blockbusters from DC and Marvel. Fox just needs to focus on what they already have on their plate.

Trying to reboot one of the biggest failures in cinema history sounds like one of the worst ideas ever.
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12:24PM on 05/27/2015
I feel they can't do any worse than the 2003 version. Plus if the studio goes by the graphic novel there shouldn't be any issues. Plus with the success of Penny Dreadful they feel a remake is necessary.
I feel they can't do any worse than the 2003 version. Plus if the studio goes by the graphic novel there shouldn't be any issues. Plus with the success of Penny Dreadful they feel a remake is necessary.
12:05PM on 05/27/2015

All My Hopes...

Deviating from the source material has doomed many a potentially great superhero film (Fox's X-Men and Fantastic Four come to mind). I liked the 2003 version with Connery myself and also thought it was fun. Don't see that this film was the movie that put Connery out to pasture though (he's like 102 gang).

Let's hope they do this right.
Deviating from the source material has doomed many a potentially great superhero film (Fox's X-Men and Fantastic Four come to mind). I liked the 2003 version with Connery myself and also thought it was fun. Don't see that this film was the movie that put Connery out to pasture though (he's like 102 gang).

Let's hope they do this right.
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11:19AM on 05/27/2015

Sounds good

The author got it right that the 2003 film was "cheesy but fun". Hoping they can make a great reboot.
The author got it right that the 2003 film was "cheesy but fun". Hoping they can make a great reboot.
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10:34AM on 05/27/2015

Bring on the Remake!!!

Back in 2003 when I first saw League of Extraordinary Gentlemen I didn't necessarily hate it until I read the graphic novel. What a great read and the best part about it is, it's already in story board format. All the filmmakers have to do is follow the blue print of the graphic novel. I mean, it's got pictures and dialogue. Too easy!!!
Back in 2003 when I first saw League of Extraordinary Gentlemen I didn't necessarily hate it until I read the graphic novel. What a great read and the best part about it is, it's already in story board format. All the filmmakers have to do is follow the blue print of the graphic novel. I mean, it's got pictures and dialogue. Too easy!!!
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10:00AM on 05/27/2015
"Fox was hopeful that Norrington's film would launch a movie franchise"

Maybe Fox would have one if it adapted the property faithfully this time?
"Fox was hopeful that Norrington's film would launch a movie franchise"

Maybe Fox would have one if it adapted the property faithfully this time?
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9:52AM on 05/27/2015
I think someone noticed that Penny Dreadful is a hit
I think someone noticed that Penny Dreadful is a hit
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9:29AM on 05/27/2015
Michael B Jordan is clearly the best choice for the Invisible Man. :D
Michael B Jordan is clearly the best choice for the Invisible Man. :D
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9:25AM on 05/27/2015

The 2003 movie was a complete clusterfuck

save for Peta Wilson as Mina Harker. If they do remake it, I hope it's more respectful to Alan Moore's book. Admittedly, the sequence where Mr. Hyde sodomizes The Invisible Man to death would be a tough sell in a feature film.
save for Peta Wilson as Mina Harker. If they do remake it, I hope it's more respectful to Alan Moore's book. Admittedly, the sequence where Mr. Hyde sodomizes The Invisible Man to death would be a tough sell in a feature film.
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3:42PM on 05/27/2015
True. Considering it was tough to even read.
True. Considering it was tough to even read.
8:44AM on 05/27/2015
For once I really want this movie to be remade. The 2003 movie is very dated now.
For once I really want this movie to be remade. The 2003 movie is very dated now.
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8:42AM on 05/27/2015
It's certainly an idea good enough to try another film. Especially with the possibilities of adding different characters and groups from different eras.
I'd always heard Connery was partially to blame for demanding changes to the script & such and being too much for the director to handle. But it was not a good time for him , he'd done that completely forgotten villain role in The Avengers in 1998 that bombed even worse.
It's certainly an idea good enough to try another film. Especially with the possibilities of adding different characters and groups from different eras.
I'd always heard Connery was partially to blame for demanding changes to the script & such and being too much for the director to handle. But it was not a good time for him , he'd done that completely forgotten villain role in The Avengers in 1998 that bombed even worse.
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8:32AM on 05/27/2015
Not so long ago a comic artist did a new lineup of The League using characters from1990s fiction. I'm pretty sure Edward Scissorhands and Dana Scully were in there, but my favourite inclusion was Zack from Saved By The Bell.
I wasn't convinced what Zack Morris would bring to the team, but then I remembered that he can freeze time.

Found a link...
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Not so long ago a comic artist did a new lineup of The League using characters from1990s fiction. I'm pretty sure Edward Scissorhands and Dana Scully were in there, but my favourite inclusion was Zack from Saved By The Bell.
I wasn't convinced what Zack Morris would bring to the team, but then I remembered that he can freeze time.

Found a link...
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9:41AM on 05/27/2015
Hahahaha, that would be a hell of a lot more entertaining!
Hahahaha, that would be a hell of a lot more entertaining!
8:29AM on 05/27/2015
Man I miss Sean Connery. Well they sure saw Universal coming didn't they?
Man I miss Sean Connery. Well they sure saw Universal coming didn't they?
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