2003’s The League Of Extraordinary Gentlemen took an incredibly literate, clever, tongue-in-cheek book and turned it into an idiotic action movie that made G.I. Joe look like The Deer Hunter.
And now Fox is remaking it.
OK, so there’s an argument to be made for Batman & Robin or Halle Berry‘s Catwoman being the worst comic book movie ever.
But at least they have a campy rewatchability.
LXG made Sean Connery retire from acting. It made award-winning author Alan Moore — who also wrote From Hell, V For Vendetta, and Watchmen — ban Hollywood from ever using his name. It turned Shane West into 2003’s Taylor Kitsch.
If you don’t understand that last reference, then, well, EXACTLY!
LXG — which brought together Allan Quatermain, Mr. Hyde, The Invisible Man, etc. — made $179 mil worldwide, but with an estimated budget of $78 mil (not including advertising), it wasn’t enough for the franchise Fox wanted.
That and an abominable critical reception — it has just a 17% rating on Rotten Tomatoes — meant the heroes of 19th century literature weren’t going to be back on the big screen.
But now with comic book movies as hot as ever, the studio is reportedly taking another stab at it.
Well, they couldn’t get it worse than last time, right?
Innerestingly, a pilot for a TV series version was filmed in 2013 but couldn’t get the green light — ironically possibly because of the involvement of Green Lantern writer Michael Green.
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