Executives At 20th Century Fox Are Revisiting Sean Connery's Flop Comic Book Movie The League Of Extraordinary Gentlemen As A Potential New Franchise.
The film, which was based on a series of graphic novels about a group of Victorian literary characters-turned-superheroes - including Allan Quatermain, Captain Nemo, Mina Harker, Tom Sawyer and Dorian Gray - was originally adapted in 2003.
A planned sequel was scrapped when the film only grossed $179 million (GBP112 million) worldwide.
In 2013, movie bosses attempted to create a TV series based on the film, but the pilot episode was never picked up.
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SIR Sean Connery racked up huge bills on the set of The League Of Extraordinary Gentlemen because he demanded the film feature the biggest explosion of his career, according to writer Alan Moore.
Moore, who wrote the comic the 2003 action movie was based on, alleges the actor was obsessed with having massive detonations - and even worked them into his contract.
Moore says, "The film cost £100 million because Sean Connery wanted £17 million of that - and a bigger explosion than the one he's had in his last film.
"It's in his contract that he has to have a bigger explosion with every film he's in."
Indian director JAGMOHAN MUNDHRA is making a movie based on the 2005 London terrorist bombings.
Mundhra has cast East is East star Om Puri and The League Of Extraordinary Gentlemen actor Naseeruddin Shah in the movie SHOOT ON SITE, which he insists is mostly fictional, despite the film's inspiration.
The director is turning his attention to the 22 July 2005 shooting of Brazilian electrician JEAN CHARLES DE MENEZES, who was killed by police as he boarded a London Underground train at Stockwell, south London. Police mistook De Menezes for a suspected terrorist, but it quickly emerged he was an innocent man in a case of mistaken identity.
In Mundhra's film, he will swap De Menezes' character for a Muslim boy and show the UK authorities' reaction to their mistake.
SIR Sean Connery wants to come out of acting retirement to play James Bond's father in the next 007 film.
The 76-year-old has been "resting" since making 2003 film The League Of Extraordinary Gentlemen, but reveals he would jump at the chance to return to the superspy franchise - if producers can afford him.
Connery says, "I am resting from acting. So you could say I'm retired. It would have to be something really considerable to bring me back. It would have to be an offer that you can't refuse.
"If there was a good part in a Bond film, I'd certainly look at it.
"I would never return as James Bond. If the part was well written, I could come back as Bond's father but it would cost them. It would definitely cost them."
The actor reveals he quit at Bond because of the overuse of gadgets - and his disappointing salary as the secret agent.
He adds, "I was getting disenchanted. Apart from the payment, which was puerile, they were bringing in a lit of science fiction stuff, like the poisonous shoe in FROM RUSSIA WITH LOVE.
"They had all these gizmos, which today are commonplace, that I didn't mind, but when you get into the nuclear stuff..."
Bollywood actor Naseeruddin Shah's son is in intensive care after he was found injured on a railway track in Mumbai (Bombay), India.
The League Of Extraordinary Gentlemen star's 20-year-old son IMAN was found on the tracks near Lower Parel station at 8.50am (local time) this morning (23NOV06).
A railway official says, "We suspect that he might have fallen off a local train."
Shah has head injuries and remains in intensive care in the Hinduja Hospital in Mahim.
Veteran actor SIR Sean Connery launched a scathing verbal attack on the film industry yesterday (25AUG06), accusing it of ruining his latest film The League Of Extraordinary Gentlemen.
The former James Bond star was in his home town of Edinburgh, Scotland, where he was presented with a BAFTA Scotland Award for Outstanding Achievement in Film.
And Connery, who was celebrating his 76th birthday, announced the end of his 50-year Hollywood career with a furious tirade against an industry he accused of incompetence and unprofessionalism.
Connery said, "The time has come because of my rather unfortunate last movie. The cost to me in terms of frustration and avoiding going to jail for murder cannot have continued."
Connery went on to describe the director of The League Of Extraordinary Gentlemen Stephen Norrington as being "insane".
He said, "He was young and enthusiastic. I presumed someone wouldn't give a person $84 million to go to a wonderful city like Prague without due diligence."
V For Vendetta creator Alan Moore is desperate to be disassociated from the screen adaptation of his classic comic strip - and is begging the producers not to credit him for his work. The cartoonist, who also conceived From Hell and The League Of Extraordinary Gentlemen, hates seeing his work diluted by movie-makers, and refuses to put his name to the result. He says, "I want them to say, 'We're not going to give you any money for your work, you're not going to get any credit for it and we're not going to put your name on it.' "To see a line of dialogue or a character that I have poured that much emotional involvement into, to see them casually travestied and watered down and distorted... it's kind of painful. It's much better just to avoid them altogether."
The copyright infringement suit seeks $100 million (GBP62 million) in damages - significantly more than the film has grossed so far.
The movie features Connery leading a group of Victorian literary characters, including DR JEKYLL/MR HYDE, TOM SAWYER and DRACULA vampiress MINA HARKER, in a fight against a mysterious madman.
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Movie legend SIR SEAN CONNERY CONNERY has returned to Prague - a year after floods forced him to flee the city.
The Scottish former JAMES BOND star is back in the Czech Republic capital to promote new movie The League Of Extraordinary Gentlemen, which was shot in the historic city.
Johnny Depp's high seas epic Pirates Of The Caribbean: CURSE OF THE BLACK PEARL has sailed to the top of America's box office charts taking a staggering $70.4 million (GBP44 million) in its opening five-days.
The movie, which also stars Orlando Bloom and Geoffrey Rush, toppled third Terminator movie T3: RISE OF THE MACHINES, and kept SIR Sean Connery's new comic book adaptation The League Of Extraordinary Gentlemen from the top of the charts.
Gentlemen raked in a meagre $23.25 (GBP14.5 million) over the weekend, which is almost half Pirates Of The Caribbean's takings during the same period.
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