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League of Extraordinary Gentleman Going Back To Its Routes With Female Lead

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About three months ago saw word of a League Of Extraordinary Gentleman reboot, which will see John Davis on board to produce.

Now Davis offers some potential details about the new League of Extraordinary Gentleman at the recent Television Critics Association press tour.

Davis offers the reboot will be more similar to the Alan Moore graphic novel in that it will focus on the female lead character, Mina Harker, whereas the failed movie focused more on Sean Connery’s Allan Quatermain. 

Collider actually thinks Davis’ comment means the entire cast will be female, but what I’m getting from the quote – which says “going back to the roots and making it authentic” – is just that Mina Harker will be the lead of the film.

Here’s the blurb:

JOHN DAVIS: Just by going back to the roots and making it authentic to what the fan base was really excited about. It’s female-centric, which I think is interesting. I love female characters, point-of-view characters in action movies. I thought Mad Max was great. I think you can always find a fresh way of doing something and going back to the basics. What is that people love? What is it that made them love the property in the first place?

Some of the later stories happen to feature another female character as well with Captain Nemo’s daughter, Janni Dakkar, so I’m guessing the new League of Extraordinary Gentleman isn’t going the way of the female Ghostbusters.

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The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen Getting Rebooted

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It’s learned Fox is rebooting The League Of Extraordinary Gentleman, which is based on the Alan Moore comic book and saw a movie starring Sean Connery back in 2003.

Variety reboots The League Of Extraordinary Gentleman movie reboot will see John Davis (The Blacklist, Chronicle, I, Robot) on board to produce through his Davis Entertainment banner.

Ira Napoliello (Mr. Popper’s Penguins) and Matt Reilly are stated to be overseeing the remake, which centers on Victorian-era literary characters such as Captain Nemo, the Invisible Man, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde who team up to fight a common enemy.

At one time a League Of Extraordinary Gentleman TV series was in development from Green Lantern writer Michael Green, but the show never made it to series.

The 2003 film starred Sean Connery as Allan Quatermain; however, it failed to make its mark with audiences as it only netted barely $180 million worldwide.

Here is the description of the Alan Moore Omnibus available through Amazon at a discount:

At last, the original two LEAGUE OF EXTRAORDINARY GENTLEMEN epics are collected in a single volume!

In this amazingly imaginative tale, Allan Quatermain, Mina Murray, Captain Nemo, Dr. Henry Jekyll and Edward Hyde, and Hawley Griffin, the Invisible Man unite to defeat a deadly menace to London and all Britons!

Then, one month later, the skies over England are filled with flaming rockets as Mars launches the first salvo of an invasion. Only our stalwart adventurers can save mother England and the Earth itself.

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League of Extraordinary Gentlemen TV Series Announced For Fox

[[wysiwyg_imageupload:9157:]]Fox has comitted to the pilot for a League of Extraordinary Gentlemen TV series.

Various Hollywood trade sites are reporting that Fox has committed to a “put pilot,” which means the network has agreed to produce the pilot episode.

However, if for some reason the pilot doesn’t get aired, the studio will have to pay vast penalties (which usually guarantees that the pilot will air).

The new Fox show is said to be based on the Alan Moore graphic novel of the same name set in the Victorian-era featuring characters such as Captain Nemo, Allan Quatermain, Dracula’s Mina Harker, the Invisible Man and Dr Jekyll/Mr. Hyde.

More than likely the League of Extraordinary Gentleman TV series will not be associated with the 2003 film that starred Sean Connery.

It’s reported that Michael Green (Green Lantern, Heroes, Smallville) will be the pilot writer and executive producer, and will also serve as showrunner if the series should get picked up for a full run.

Both Alan Moore and the graphic novel artist, Kevin O’Neill, are said not to be involved.

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