Back in the early 1990s, before the current comic book film renaissance kicked off with 1998’s “Blade,” filmmaker Quentin Tarantino toyed with the idea of a movie based on the Marvel Comics title “Luke Cage”.
Out doing promotional rounds for “The Hateful Eight” this week, the filmmaker revealed to The Nerdist (via Blastr) that he had the idea for the project and went so far as to meet with rights holder Ed Pressman about it.
Ultimately he moved on to something else, in that case his 1994 iconic work “Pulp Fiction”. So why did he stop pursuing it? Tarantino says:
“In the case of Luke Cage, it was my comic geek friends that almost talked me out of it, because I thought Larry Fishburne back in the day would’ve been a great Luke Cage, and they were talking about Wesley Snipes. I could see them both, but it was like ‘I think Fish would be better.’ And they go ‘Yeah… he could work out and everything, but he doesn’t have the bod that Wesley Snipes has, and Luke Cage needs to have the bod.’
And I literally was so turned off that that would be their both starting and ending point, that it literally put it in my head that, if I do a comic book movie, it should be an original character. It should be something I create rather than try to fit in.”
Though the project never came together, Marvel is trying its first “Luke Cage” screen adaptation with the upcoming Netflix series which is currently in the midst of shooting its first season.