Back in 2012, Quentin Tarantino revealed that he came close to directing a Luke Cage movie back in the early 90s, and now during a promotional interview for The Hateful Eight, the filmmaker has went into a little detail about his plans for the adaptation and revealed why he ultimately opted against the project.
“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 said. “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.”
Luke Cage is of course now part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, with Mike Colter portraying Power Man in Jessica Jones ahead of his own Netflix series next year.