Disney has announced it’s rebooting The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, and here’s everything that’s known about the project so far. The reboot of League of Extraordinary Gentlemen will be penned by Red Sparrow writer Justin Haythe and audiences are surely hoping for it to be better than the first live-action attempt at the adaptation. The first time the story was put on the big screen was the 2003 adaptation of the story, which earned a solid return at the box office, but had such a troubled production that a sequel never happened.
The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen was originally penned as a comic book series by iconic writer Alan Moore and artist Kevin O’Neill. Set in an alternate Victorian world, it brings together multiple famous fictional characters from literature to go on top-secret missions. Among its characters are Mina Harker from Dracula, Allan Quartermain from H. Rider Haggard’s novels, Captain Nemo from Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea, Hawley Griffin, a.k.a. the Invisible Man, Dr. Henry Jekyll/Mr. Hyde, and others. The steampunk-flavored comic book series was peppered with in-jokes and literary references. The fun of seeing these iconic fictional characters interact was a big part of the series’ appeal. Unfortunately, while there were flashes of this in the 2003 adaptation, it overall failed to enthrall. The production was also incredibly troubled; Sean Connery famously hated League of Extraordinary Gentlemen and his time on set. But Disney is taking another crack at it, clearly seeing the potential in the story. Here’s everything we know about The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen reboot, including potential story details and release date.
League Of Extraordinary Gentlemen Reboot Will Be A Hulu Movie, Perhaps wisely, Disney–or more accurately, 20th Century Studio–is developing The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen reboot not for a theatrical release, but for Hulu. 20th Century owns the film rights to the property and it’s been working on a reboot since 2015, trying to crack the best way to approach it, including a potential all-female League of Extraordinary Gentlemen. Now, the studio apparently has, or at least feels it has enough of a handle on it to confirm the reboot. Whether it will also get a theatrical release alongside its Hulu premiere is unknown, however.
League Of Extraordinary Gentlemen Story Details Reportedly, the League of Extraordinary Gentlemen reboot will be much more faithful to the comics than the 2003 movie. While it’s not 100% certain what that means, it’s likely that there will be no new characters shoehorned into the reboot, such as Tom Sawyer and Dorian Gray, who were not in the comics but were added to the 2003 adaptation. In the original comics, Mina Murray (Harker) is tasked by British Intelligence to put together a team, which then stops a war between criminal masterminds Fu Manchu and Professor Moriarty. There are some clear issues with the problematic, racist characterization of Fu Manchu, but modernizing his character or replacing him with someone else would easily allow the movie to still stick to the story of the comics.