Remember The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen? It has been credited as Sean Connery’s last movie, and the reason he left Hollywood — it didn’t do well at the box office grossing just $180 million worldwide. Well, 20th Century Fox is rebooting the franchise, with John Davis signed on to produce (Predator, I, Robot).
The original movie was based on a series comics by Alan Moore and Kevin O’Neill from 1999. It takes several Victorian-era literary characters like Dorian Gray, Captain Nemo, Dr. Jekyll and his alter-ego Mr. Hyde, the Invisible Man, and Mina Murray (Bram Stoker’s Dracula) and crams them together in a superhero-like team. It’s basically The Avengers with a cast of literary characters instead of popular superheroes.
The 2003 movie was only loosely based on the graphic novel, so it’s a safe assumption that the reboot might stay closer to its roots.
Will the Reboot Be Any Good?
It’s a silly question to ask this early in the production process, but so is asking what the movie will be about. It’s too early to tell. That said, the source material is definitely interesting. If you haven’t read the original League comics yet, you should go do that.
As long as the reboot stays true to the original graphic novel, I don’t think there will be any problems. The 2003 movie strayed too far.
I’ll settle this now: No, Sean Connery will not be coming out of retirement for the reboot.