Quentin Tarantino Wanted to Make ‘Luke Cage’ With Laurence Fishburne, but Friends Talked Him Out of It

The list of unmade Quentin Tarantino projects is a fascinating rabbit hole to explore, as the Academy Award-winning director appears to have a bottomless well of ideas from every genre imaginable.

From his R-rated and possibly still-developing take on “Star Trek” to “Kill Bill Volume Three” and even a James Bond movie, Tarantino’s got enthusiasm and inspiration to burn.

One of those often bandied-about projects is his would’ve-been entrée into the Marvel Cinematic Universe, “Luke Cage: Hero for Hire.”A longtime obsessive of the Blaxploitation genre, Tarantino would seem a natural fit to take on the comic book world’s first black superhero from the early 1970s.

He actually first considered adapting “Luke Cage” after the release of “Reservoir Dogs” in 1992, and as revealed on a recent episode of Amy Schumer’s podcast “3 Girls, 1 Keith” (via The Guardian), he even dreamed of casting Laurence Fishburne in the title role.

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