Quentin Tarantino considered bringing the Marvel superhero Luke Cage to the big screen in the early ’90s but never realized the project. Now the director has revealed the reason why he scrapped his plans to make the film.
Speaking on the 3 Girls, 1 Keith podcast with comedian Amy Schumer, Tarantino explained that the reason he never converted the comic book into a feature film was simply down to casting. The Once Upon a Time in Hollywood director, revealed that he was intent on having Laurence Fishburne (The Matrix) play the titular character, but he realized that wasn’t going to go down well.
“There was a time before all this Marvel shit was coming out,” he explained. “It was after Reservoir Dogs, it was before Pulp Fiction, and I had thought about doing Luke Cage. Growing up I was a big comic-book collector, and my two favoriteswere Luke Cage: Hero for Hire, later Luke Cage: Power Man, and Shang-Chi: Master of Kung Fu.”
Tarantino explained that while he had always wanted to do a live-action remake of the comic, his friends discouraged him. “All my friends were like, ‘No, no, no, man, it’s got to be Wesley Snipes.’” He continued, “And I go, ‘Well look, I like Wesley Snipes, but I mean, Larry Fishburne is practically Marlon Brando. I mean, I think ‘Fish’ is the man.'”
While we will never get to see the Tarantino film, Luke Cage finally returned into the public consciousness with a brief Netflix series in 2016.