Mighty Marvel Missed Opportunities: A Tarantino-Written/Directed Luke Cage Movie?
While we’re wondering where Luke Cage is going to show up in the Marvel Universe next – not to mention when/if we’ll ever see the Genndy Tartakovsky Luke Cage comic promised years ago – here’s something to tease fans of Marvel’s original Hero for Hire: Quentin Tarantino once wanted to make a Luke Cage movie starring none other than Laurence Fishburne.Talking to MTV to promote the upcoming Django Unchained, Tarantino revealed the previously-unknown project:
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,” he told us. “I talked to Larry Fish [Laurence Fishburne] about being Luke Cage, and he really liked that idea. Then I ended up writing ‘Pulp Fiction.’
Firstly: That would have been amazing. Secondly: Can someone invent a time machine so we could get the Laurence Fishburne of 20 years ago to play Cage in a movie today? Also, we could maybe suggest that he might want to talk to the Wachowskis about those Matrix sequels ahead of time to get them to tighten up the scripts just a little.
Tarantino is still superhero-curious, he went on to explain, saying that he’s not ruled out making a superhero movie at some point in the future, although it wouldn’t be one that we’re familiar with. “My feeling is, if I wanted to do something like that, I’d want to create the superhero myself,” he said. Can we dare hope to see a Tarantino take on the genre before too long? Just imagine…