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Disney subsidiary Twentieth Century Studios is working on a remake of The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen . The film project is to be created for the US streaming service Hulu. In Germany, Disney+ will probably be the playback station, where the majority of Hulu productions are now appearing.
Screenwriter Justin Haythe has been hired to develop the new project . In his résumé so far, he has films as diverse as the relationship drama » Rebellion Times » with Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet, the Dwayne Johnson thriller » Snitch «, the horror gem » A Cure For Wellness » or the spy thriller » Red Sparrow , starring Jennifer Lawrence.
This is «The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen»
In the first two volumes of the original, which won top comic awards, former «Dracula» heroine Mina Murray is tasked with assembling a team of special abilities (a League of Extraordinary Gentlemen). Adventurers Allan Quatermain, Captain Nemo, Dr. Jekyll/Mr. Hyde and the invisible man at her side.
Together they take it with Dr. Fu Manchu, but soon find out that they themselves are being manipulated in the background by Professor Moriarty and abused for his purposes. After fending off this threat, a «War of the Worlds»-esque invasion from Mars begins, which the League opposes.
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The 2003 theatrical adaptation , starring Sean Connery in his final role, took many liberties and was slammed by critics and fans alike. Because the film was not so unsuccessful in the cinemas alone with worldwide revenues of almost 180 million dollars and the popular and celebrated comic template shows that things should be better somehow, plans for a reboot have been circulating for years.
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Hollywood studio Fox had a series developed around a decade ago, which was then rejected, as was a possible cinema project with a league consisting exclusively of female literary characters a few years later.
Disney, which now also owns the rights to «The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen» with the acquisition of Fox, is now making a new attempt. According to initial industry information, author Haythe and Disney plan to focus on Moore’s original material and stick more closely to the template than previous attempts.
It is not yet clear when the project could appear.
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