2003 Film Starring Sean Connery

20th Century Fox is developing its own “team of superheroes” property. The studio is reviving a big screen reboot of the comic book series The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, according to The Tracking Board.

Written by Alan Moore and illustrated by Kevin O’Neill, the graphic novel stars a group of Victiorian literature characters including Allan Quatermain (“King Solomon’s Mines”), Captain Nemo (“Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea”), the Invisible Man, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, and Mina Harker of Dracula, teaming up to fight bad guys.

The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen was previously adapted into a feature film in 2003 starring Sean Connery and was considered a huge failure (the actor retired from acting after its release). A TV adaptation of the series was planned in 2013 with Green Lantern writer Michael Green but the show never materialized.

The studio and John Davis of Davis Entertainment are producing a potential franchise based on the influential graphic novel series, to be overseen by Ira Napoliello and Matt Reilly. The project is currently seeking directors to shepherd it through development in order to get it right this time around. Hopefully they take a different approach with this instead of a streamlined blockbuster approach.