Fox is dipping into the well again, hoping to reboot Alan Moore's classic graphic novel, The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen. Their first attempt left fans and critics cold, and it's said that League star Sean Connery was so disgusted by the experience of making the film that it caused the actor to retire from acting soon after.
The 2003 film had a budget of $78 million and despite being panned by most critics and fans, the film went on to gross over $179 million world-wide. It was supposed to be the linchpin in a film franchise that would present different League members from different eras, and was also considered as a TV series as well, but Fox pulled the plug on any future plans for the franchise due to the poor reception for the film.
The film, of course, was based on Alan Moore's classic comic book series, which was first published in 1999. The original story combined some of the great literary figures from the 19th century, including Allan Quartermaine, Mina Murray, Captain Nemo, The Invisible Man, and Dr. Jekyll, wrapped in a superhero story. The film adaptation added Tom Sawyer and Dorian Gray, and veered sharply from the original plot of the comic book.
Producer John Davis promises fans that the reboot will stick close to the original source material.