Conceptually speaking, The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen seems like it would be the best Alan Moore comic to adapt for the big screen. I mean, it's classic Victorian heroes and antiheroes going up against classic Victorian villains in the ultimate steampunk superhero team-up. That's just plain cool ... but, unfortunately, the 2003 film based rather loosely on the comics turned out to be pretty much the worst Moore adaptation ever, and depending on who you ask, that's really saying something.
A decade after the film, Fox decided to try again, this time on the small screen. A show materialized, got a put pilot order, then promptly vanished. Now we get to see if the third time will be the charm.
Variety reports that Fox is developing a new adaptation of the League comics, under the guidance of producers John Davis (Predator, The Man From U.N.C.L.E.), Ira Napoliello (Mr. Popper's Penguins) and Matt Reilly (Prince Avalanche). Unfortunately, there's no word yet on much else about the project. We don't know who's writing it, how loosely it may or may not be adapted from the comics, when it might come out or who might star in it, but it seems the League is on its way back to theaters for the first time in more than a decade.
Given the bad taste the first film left in our mouths all those years ago, it's quite easy to be skeptical about this, but it's also easy to see why Fox would want to pursue it. The studio's having great success with its expanding X-Men franchise, and it's preparing to relaunch Fantastic Four this summer. If those both continue to work out, they're two big franchises that could eventually merge into one mega-franchise, but Fox still has to compete with giants like Warner Bros. and Disney, which has both Marvel and Star Wars in its arsenal. So another superhero franchise couldn't hurt. Or could it?
What do you think? Will the League get the movie it deserves this time?