Quentin Tarantino Considered Marvel's ‘Luke Cage’ For A HERO FOR HIRE Movie

Before his classic Pulp Fiction crime-thriller, Quentin Tarantino had considered adaptating Marvel's Luke Cage to the big-screen with actor Laurence Fishburne playing the Power Man. Check it out!

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By DCMarvelFreshman - 12/17/2012
Years prior to Marvel becoming an independent studio and housing many of their character' rights, Luke Cage was almost brought to the big-screen in a Heroes for Hire movie with critically acclaimed filmmaker Quentin Tarantino at its helm. Revealing so to MTV News, in anticipation of his upcoming Django Unchained movie, Tarantino also revealed that Academy Award-nominated What's Love Got to Do with It actor Laurence Fishburne would have played Marvel's Power Man.



“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. I talked to Larry Fish [Laurence Fishburne] about being Luke Cage, and he really liked that idea. Then I ended up writing 'Pulp Fiction.'” Since then, nothing has quite tempted Tarantino back into the realm of comic superheroes, largely because he'd rather make one up himself: “My feeling is if I wanted to do something like that, I'd want to create the superhero myself.”

In a separate and much older interview, Tarantino explained why he loved the character.

“My favorite hero, the hero I wanted to be, was Luke Cage, Hero for Hire, which was basically the Blaxploitation comic book. [Luke Cage] later became Power Man, but in the beginning he was, like, the black super hero. I collected comic books and it was kind of cool, because back then if you lived in the suburb or if you lived in a project, it didn't matter, you probably had about six kids in the general area that collected comic books. You could literally go to the kid's house and never having met him and bring your comic books with you, knock on his door, and you open the door, 'hi, my name is Quentin, are you Ken? I heard you collect comic books. I collect comic books too. Can I see your collection and I will show you mine?' 'Oh yeah, come on in.' It was a ritual. You show out yours, you have your best ones, and you lay them out and everything and you kind of look at them. And then he would lay out his and you'd look at them and go 'ooh and ahh' about your stuff and maybe you'd talk about trading. You could literally go into a kid's house you never knew before and start a friendship. You're happy that someone cares. You are happy to show them. So I did that, but the entire time I remember it was like 'Why do you like Luke Cage? He's black. Why do you like Luke Cage?' Black kids 'Why do you like Luke Cage. He's black.' I wasn't allowed to have Luke Cage be my favorite character. That wasn't allowed. That wasn't made for you. It can't be your favorite character. Only to grow up and find out that Nick Cage took his name from Luke Cage. His name is Nicolas Coppola. And when I found that out I went 'Oh my God, how cool!”

Marvel Studios currently has a script, penned by Ben Ramsey, for a Luke Cage movie that would evidently tie into their ever-growing cinematic universe. However, the potential film's current stage is unknown, especially considering ABC recently passed on the AKA Jessica Jones TV series that would have featured the Power Man prominently. So, what do you think?


Source: MTV News
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rockerdude22 - 12/17/2012, 11:08 AM
A Tarantino directed Luke Cage flick? I'd watch that! Not sure if I'd put Fishburne in the role, though. Good actor, but not sure if he'd be right for Luke Cage.
AlexDeLarge87 - 12/17/2012, 11:13 AM
Fishburne would have been badass.
toco89 - 12/17/2012, 11:15 AM
I just saw Tarantino in Planet Terror. Ew.
MarkJulian - 12/17/2012, 11:50 AM
Keep in mind, he's talking about doing this about 20 yrs ago. Fishburne would've been young-ish.
TheDpool - 12/17/2012, 12:01 PM
Well I guess on he bright side we got Pulp Fiction instead.
FirstAvenger - 12/17/2012, 12:03 PM
What Mark said, young-ish Lol.
prototype87 - 12/17/2012, 12:04 PM
thebearjew - 12/17/2012, 12:15 PM
god damn terrantino is ugly

fishbourrne as luke cage would have been terrible

but id be down for a heros for hire movie
CaptainAmerica31 - 12/17/2012, 12:15 PM
Probably be better than any shit marvel studios makes
DioFoRio - 12/17/2012, 12:16 PM
damn tea...always on point.
CharlesLord - 12/17/2012, 12:17 PM
they already have a script? welp that means i shouldnt even write my own version lol
Inhuman - 12/17/2012, 12:18 PM
theres no room for a heroes for hire film in phase 3 because the consensus guess among fans is that phase 3 will look something like this

ant-man
the incredible hulk 2
thor 3
doctor strange
captai america 3
black panther
the avengers 3

if they did a phase 4 then i can see a heroes for hire film. personally if marvel studios did a phase 4 i would love for it to be more gritty and street toned with lesser known characters

daredevil
punisher
luke cage
iron fist
namor
blade
ghost rider
Inhuman - 12/17/2012, 12:19 PM
and michael j white IS luke cage hands down
RaleighAntrobus - 12/17/2012, 12:39 PM
What is this man's obsession with black people?
RGINLA - 12/17/2012, 12:43 PM
@RaleighAntrobus We are Americans too sir...
rockerdude22 - 12/17/2012, 12:53 PM
@Spidey31 Man, you can't go one article without bashing Marvel Studios, can you? lol

But anyway, while a Heroes for Hire movie would be cool, I think it would work even better as a TV series!
RaleighAntrobus - 12/17/2012, 12:55 PM
@RGINLA - I know... I'm black, too. But that doesn't answer my question.
ATrueHero1987 - 12/17/2012, 12:58 PM
@rockerdude22 He's just mad but don't pay too much attention to him. He can't even go to a strip club, let alone see an R rated movie.lol

I would love to see a Luke Cage movie someday.
FirstAvenger - 12/17/2012, 12:58 PM
Teabag what the heck was that?!
avengersleagueofjusticeforamerica - 12/17/2012, 1:15 PM
If you go looks wise Jackson or crews. White should be panther.
avengersleagueofjusticeforamerica - 12/17/2012, 1:18 PM
A heroes for hire movie would have to be a little campy though. Sweet Christmas!
ATrueHero1987 - 12/17/2012, 1:51 PM
@MrEko I know what you're talking about. Tarantino visited the set of Crimson Tide and Denzel Washington checked him on the use of the 'N' word in most of his films.
CaptainAmerica31 - 12/17/2012, 1:54 PM
I actually went on 4 max 8 articles bashing marvel studios but okay
rockerdude22 - 12/17/2012, 1:55 PM
I'm white, but even I feel uncomfortable when someone uses the N-word. I just have a general dislike for racism in general. As long as you're a decent person, then it shouldn't matter what race you are.

@Marvel87 Is that so? haha I've only been to a strip club once. Interesting experience lol
MisterMagurlypse - 12/17/2012, 2:00 PM
Damn, that woulda been cool!
ATrueHero1987 - 12/17/2012, 2:19 PM
@MrEko lol, idk what all was said but Denzel in the end called him a "good artist".
ATrueHero1987 - 12/17/2012, 2:19 PM
@rockerdude22 lol
PapaMidnite - 12/17/2012, 2:27 PM
Goddamn, that would've been pure AWESOME!
Optimus83 - 12/17/2012, 2:59 PM
Coolest. ...Marvel Studios Movie
KnobGoblin - 12/17/2012, 3:12 PM
Tarantino should've directed The Green Hornet, that would've been perfect for him.
icebergslick - 12/17/2012, 3:15 PM
Terry Crews for Luke Cage ftw!
macfint - 12/17/2012, 3:29 PM
I'm workin on it bro.
DukeAcureds - 12/17/2012, 3:57 PM
That's what I've been saying all along. Every time a "What superhero film should Tarantino direct?" debate happens on this site, I'm always pulling out the Power Man (which is also a euphamism, interestingly enough).
Haven't I been saying it, huh? Yeah, I been saying it.
JacksonVegaIII - 12/17/2012, 4:07 PM
Just imagine.......................................... damn that would've been sweet and if it had done well commercially just imagine what CBMs would be like now.
Viltrumite - 12/17/2012, 4:12 PM
If they aren't attempting to entice Tarantino to write and direct a Heroes for Hire movie right this instant, Marvel Studios would be completely fiscally irresponsible. The concept of Iron Fist and Luke Cage teaming up to start a superhero business was practically tailor-made for Tarantino to adapt.
Baf - 12/17/2012, 5:36 PM
Tarantino should direct Lobo. His style and penache for depicting violence on film would be a perfect fit. Not to mention the fully marketable "R" rating that only he could get away with. If he want's to break into the comic book movie arena. Lobo would be the perfect vehicle.
CaptainDoctorIamTheLaw - 12/17/2012, 5:54 PM
Oh how i wish this had happened. Quentin Tarantino hasn't failed me yet.
super01 - 12/17/2012, 6:37 PM
Listen. Not even slightly intrigued by the prospect of this movie. Fishburne, whom I rather enjoy actually, is entirely too old, doesn't have the build or look of a Luke Cage. Tarantino would be a good director for a Cage movie though. Would like to see a believable kick ass Cage. Maybe the rapper Flo-Rida could pull it off.
mctrinket - 12/17/2012, 7:19 PM
I wish Heroes For Hire was being adapted before GotG.
mgeoff88 - 12/17/2012, 8:59 PM
I love the idea of Quentin Tarantino directing a Luke Cage movie.

I like Laurence Fishburne, but I don't think he would've been right for the role.
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