Back when comic book movies were still relatively unfashionable in the early 1990s, filmmaker Quentin Tarantino was keen on the idea of a movie based on the Marvel Comics character “Luke Cage”.
Out doing the promotional push for “The Hateful Eight” this week, the director revealed to The Nerdist(via Blastr) that he had a clear vision for the project and even met with the rights holder Ed Pressman about adapting the property for the big screen.
Ultimately he decided not to pursue the project, and instead worked on his 1994 iconic cult classic “Pulp Fiction”. So why did he change his mind? 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.”
“Luke Cage” is set to have his own Netflix TV show next year with Mike Colter playing the title role, the actor has already appeared in episodes of “Jessica Jones” as the character for the streaming service.