During an interview with Nerdist, writer-director Quentin Tarantino again brought-up his failed Luke Cage movie, which he had wanted Laurence Fishburne in the lead role. He further revealed that studio people wanted the much more buff Wesley Snipes for Cage, but that didn’t sit well with Quentin.
The project would eventually fall apart, and Blade would come together instead with Snipes, Marvel is now currently shooting a Cage series for Netflix.
Some believing this was a huge revelation, but it’s kind of old news.
Quentin waxed on his early days with Comic-Con as a fan, and being a huge comic book nerd meeting Jack Kirby and Steve Ditko.
He briefly mentioned that Marvel Comics characters Werewolf By Night, Tomb of Dracula, Morbius The Living Vampire (appeared in alternative ending of Blade), Howling Commandos, and Shang-Chi, were a lot more cinematic for him than comics like Spider-Man or Doctor Strange. Teasing he had tried to work them out as films in his head, including fan-casting them.
Don’t expect him to resurrect these ideas anytime soon, Quentin’s friends talked him out of it, but reflects he’s more comfortable working his own characters, rather than someone else’s.
Tarantino mentioned years back that Howling Commandos, was a massive inspiration for Inglourious Basterds. They’d eventually get this on-screen debut with The First Avengers, but not really to the degree of the those Sgt. Fury comics.
Blade, of course is a Tomb of Dracula feature adaptation. We’ve been hearing rumors that Marvel might be rebooting the property, but also mentioned that the horror side of the comics would be perfect for the next wave of Netflix projects. Stuff like Tomb of Dracula and Werewolf By Night have a good chance of eventually addition to the MCU, because of Doctor Strange opening that door.
He also talked about how much he loved J.J. Abrams’ Speed Racer script that never got made. Mentioning he once considered making it, but the moment passed and the Wachowskis did their thing (without that original script).