Quentin Tarantino Wanted to Direct Laurence Fishburne in a Luke Cage Movie

Tuesday, 22 December 2015 - 11:15AM
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Tuesday, 22 December 2015 - 11:15AM
Quentin Tarantino Wanted to Direct Laurence Fishburne in a Luke Cage Movie
Could Laurence Fishburne have played Luke Cage? Quentin Tarantino just revealed that he almost did a Luke Cage movie way back when- which is crazy news in itself- and that his choice to play the titular superhero was Morpheus himself.
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"One of the things I wanted to do before Pulp Fiction to some degree or another…one of the outside projects that I considered doing was doing a Luke Cage movie," Tarantino told the Nerdist podcast (via Blastr).
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But unfortunately, Tarantino was turned off by the fan expectations and the focus on canon:

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"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. And 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."
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I would have loved to see Tarantino's take on the Hero for Hire, so it just goes to show that we should all try to be open-minded about changes to the canon. Fantastic Four might have been terrible, but Michael B. Jordan was one of the best parts of it, Mehcad Brooks is giving a great spin on Jimmy Olsen, and Jessica Jones would have been 1000 times worse if the Purple Man had actually been purple. Most of the best adaptations take liberties, because different things work in different mediums. Hopefully, with the success of relatively loose adaptations like Jessica Jones, the general public will become a little more open to taking creative license with comics.
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