After almost twenty years, 20th Century Studios is doing another adaptation of The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, the popular graphic novels created by author Alan Moore and artist Kevin O’Neill.
This isn’t the first adaption of the comics. In 2003, director Stephen Norrington brought us a Sean Connery-starring film of the same name (pictured above), which didn’t do so great critically but fared fairly well at the box office.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, this new adaptation—like the old one—will also be a feature and have Don Murphy on board to produce. Unlike the 2003 film, however, this version will premiere on Hulu rather than in theaters. It also has Justin Haythe, the writer behind Revolutionary Road and Red Sparrow, penning the script. And unlike the first movie, THR is saying that Haythe is “returning to the core comics for their take,” something the 2003 movie did not do.
The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen is a Victorian era comic that follows a group of well-known characters from the period as they fight to protect the British Empire. The first comics featured Mina Murray, Allan Quatermain, Captain Nemo, Dr. Jekyll, and the Invisible Man, for example, and they teamed up to take on Fu Manchu, Professor Moriarty, and those aliens from War of the Worlds.
The new adaptation is still in its early days—we don’t even know who the director is yet, much less the cast—so there’s also no news on if/when we’ll see the new film on Hulu.