Everything old – and not so old – is new again as the studios basically look to launch franchises rather than films these days. The latest one to get mined again is that of The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, which was done as a film in 2003 at Fox based off of the graphic novel series of the same name by Alan Moore and Kevin O’Neill. The film did not do well at all at the time, bringing in $180 million worldwide, and it ended up not going to franchise as had planned. It’s also noteworthy sa being the last film that Sean Connery starred in before he retired, though he was winding things down to begin with at that point.
The new film plan is being shepherded by John Davis, who produced Chronicle and Predators for Fox. The property did get pushed as a potential TV series a couple of years ago and had a pilot put into production, but it didn’t make it to series. With the general success of Penny Dreadful in mining the Victorian era material, they may see the opportunity to try and tap into that on the big screen, though the characters themselves are certainly not well known ones overall.
Original concept: In 1898, as the glory days of the British Empire were waning, an incredible band of adventures was brought together to save England in its hour of greatest need. Writer Alan Moore has assembled legendary heroes Allan Quatermain, Captain Nemo, Mina Harker, the Invisible Man, and other figures from classic Victorian literature for this dazzling new tale.