In 2003, a film based on the graphic novel by Alan Moore and Kevin O’Neil appeared in cinemas around the world. The Legend of the Extraordinary Men starring Sean Connery, Shane West, Peta Wilson and many others, it was harshly criticized by the public and the specialized press. On Rotten Tomatoes the average score is around 4 points out of 10. At the box office, the film grossed approximately $ 180 million but at the debut, thanks to the source material, the film had debuted in second place behind Pirates of the Caribbean, the curse of the first moon with Johnny Depp.
Now, according to The Hollywood Reporter, the streaming platform Hulu would have made agreements with Disney and 20th Century Fox for the production of an exclusive reboot. According to the site, Justin Haythe was hired to write while the producers included the names of Susan Montford, Erwin Stoff, and Don Murphy. The latter name is not exactly new when compared to the title of the film. Murphy, in fact, also worked on the original film.
The Legend of the Extraordinary Men is set in the period of Victorian England. The protagonists of the story are some of the most iconic characters of literature, especially English. The British secret services are working to put together a team to oppose the “Phantom”, an international criminal who intends to ignite a conflict of global proportions. The last member contacted – and chosen to lead the team – is Allan Quartermain. Along with him appear Dorian Gray, Captain Nemo, Tom Sawyer, Doctor Jekyll and several others.
Still to be seen if Hulu’s plans will be confirmed. If so, there is hope for a better transposition than the original film. As mentioned, The Legend of Extraordinary Men was heavily criticized.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter