League of Extraordinary Gentlemen Reboot to be Female-Centric

League of Extraordinary Gentlemen comicA new adaptation of Alan Moore and Kevin O’Neill’s comic series The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen is currently in the works at 20th Century Fox. The last attempt to translate the graphic novels to big screen was with the 2003 film (starring Sean Connery), which did not do too well. But there are high hopes for this new reboot considering how intriguing the source material is. After all, The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen centers on the adventures of a group of Victorian-era literary characters (such as Mr. Hyde, the Invisible Man, and Captain Nemo), led by Allan Quartermain, who try to save the world. Compelling stuff, and if done right, perfect ingredients for a great cinematic experience.

During the TCA’s, Collider spoke with producer John Davis about the project. And while he acknowledged that the first film was no success, they are working on ways to make this reboot much better. 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. I thought Mad Max was great. I think you can always find a fresh way of doing something and going back to the basics. What is it that people love? What is it that made them love the property in the first place?”

All of this sounds very promising. It’s worth noting how Mad Max: Fury Road has influenced filmmakers in terms of writing better female characters, and we hope that this is a trend that will continue. Intriguing as the concept is, we will have to see how they pull it off, particularly since the only female character in the comics is Mina Murray (from Dracula). Whether they will bring in other female literary characters from that era remains a mystery.

Davis also asserted that he hopes to really portray the League of Extraordinary Gentlemen as a group of “rogues.” He added that “you can’t save the world with conventional people when unconventional things are happening.”