What Could Have Been: Quentin Tarantino And Luke Cage

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tarantino bannerAll of the Django Unchained press junkets have been a small treasure trove of comic book movie goodness. You had a few words from Sam Jackson about Nick Fury, then you had Jamie Foxx spilling the beans on all manner of Electro in Spider-Man goodies, and now you have Quentin Tarantino talking about a comic book movie he almost directed. It’s fairly well known that when WB was first working on Green Lantern, Tarantino was approached. While that obviously didn’t work out, another comic book property sounds to have came closer to fruition.

luke cageTalking to MTV, Tarantino said that he did come close to doing a superhero movie over the course of his twenty odd year career. After his first film, Tarantino had some discussions about making a Luke Cage movie. He even had an actor in mind:

After ‘Reservoir Dogs,’ I had considered doing a ‘Luke Cage, Hero for Hire’ movie. [Producer] Ed Pressman owned the rights at that time, and we talked about it. I talked to Larry Fish [Laurence Fishburne] about being Luke Cage, and he really liked that idea. Then I ended up writing ‘Pulp Fiction.’

While comic book movie fans have liked the idea of a Tarantino directed movie, I think they can forgive him on this one since he did make Pulp Fiction instead. Tarantino did go on to say however that he didn’t really see himself adapting a comic book. He stated he feels if he wanted to do something like that he’d want to create it all himself. You can see Tarantino talk about it on video by clicking here. Would you have liked a Tarantino directed, Laurence Fishburne Luke Cage movie?

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