When the League of Extraordinary Gentlemen film was announced back in the early ’00s there was justified excitement. Here was an Alan Moore penned comic which interwove famous literary characters and events, and starred Sean Connery; what wasn’t to love? Unfortunately, the end product was an extraordinary flop, and Connery’s last appearance onscreen before retiring.
Sensing a missed opportunity — or more likely, missed dollars — 20th Century Fox has decided to remake the film. Speaking to Collider, producer John Davies revealed that the reboot will be female-centric. Answering the question of how it will work this time, Davis said:
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.
He cited Charlize Theron in this year’s Mad Max as an inspiration for taking the female-lead route. Presumably then, the story will follow the arc of Mina Murry (from Bram Stoker’s Dracula), as she is only female member of the er, Gentlemen. But these things are liable to change. After all, the makers of the first film decided to add Tom Sawyer into the mix, having never made an appearance in any of the comics.
Will we see Anna Karenina kicking some alien ass? Lizzie Bennet manning an fighter plane? A gas-mask wearing Jane Eyre stealthily stealing a bomb from London Bridge? The possibilities are endless.