Love him or hate him, there's no denying that Quentin Tarantino is one of the biggest directors in Hollywood. It doesn't matter what film he's making, people are going to talk about it: over the past few decades, Tarantino has proven himself as one of the best — and most divisive — directors in history.

Part of that comes from the fact that Tarantino is always doing his own thing. Sure, he may collaborate with other directors from time to time, but Quentin Tarantino films have a distinctive tone and style that's just plain impossible to match. It's great for original stories, but for anyone hoping that Tarantino would adapt something for the silver screen ... well, they're basically out of luck.

That wasn't always the case, however: following the success of Pulp Fiction, Tarantino was actually interested in adapting one of Marvel's superhero books into a film. It wasn't any of the major heavy hitters, like Spider-Man or Captain America, either: no, Tarantino was looking to bring Luke Cage to the big screen decades ago.

While promoting The Hateful Eight (via Nerdist), Tarantino revealed that he had actually considered pitching a Luke Cage film with Laurence Fishburne as the titular hero. Wesley Snipes was also in the running for the lead character, but eventually, creative differences stopped the project in its tracks. Tarantino didn't want either actor to be typecast following the film, and so, the production was scrapped.

That's not to say that Tarantino is against making something along the lines of a comic book movie nowadays — it's just that it would have to be on his terms:

"If I do a comic book movie, it should be an original character. It should be something that I fit instead of trying to fit in."

As for Luke Cage, Marvel is currently producing a Netflix-exclusive series with Mike Colter in the lead role. The standalone series is set to debut in 2016, with Cage joining the cast of The Defenders sometime afterward.

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