Quentin Tarantino Wanted To Make A ‘Luke Cage’ Film Back In The ’90s

After being stuck in development hell for many years, Luke Cage finally made his live-action debut in Marvel and Netflix’s Jessica Jones earlier this year, played by Mike Colter, ahead of starring in his own 13-part series, which is currently filming in Harlem, New York and is expected to hit Netlix next year.

While the project went into production earlier this year, there had been many rumors of a possible Power Man film adaptation over the years. Obviously, that never happened, but that doesn’t mean that there weren’t any writers or directors that were interested in bringing the character to life.

While doing the press rounds for his upcoming film The Hateful Eight, Quentin Tarantino revealed that he wanted to tackle the project back in the ’90s, when he was still developing Pulp Fiction. It’s well known that the award winning director is a comic book fan and apparently Luke Cage is his favorite superhero. Here’s what he had to say:

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.

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.

What do you guys think? Would you have liked to see him direct a Luke Cage movie? Sound-off your thoughts in the comment section below!

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Michael Bezanidis

Michael Bezanidis

Michael is the Managing Editor of Heroic Hollywood. When he's not playing video games, he's usually writing about film and television.