It may not be the most original premise, but you have to admit, it has potential. THR is reporting that yesterday (Thursday) a pitch hit Hollywood for a steampunky literary-themed action-adventure by Ernest Lupinacci was floating around and by the end of the day it was Sony Pictures that snatched it up.
Called The Royal Honour Society, it is about a group who’s membership includes H.G. Wells (The War of the Worlds, The Time Machine), Jules Verne (20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, Journey to the Center of the Earth), Robert Louis Stevenson (Treasure Island, The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde), and while we know them as writers it turns out they actually were adventurers.
Ok, so it’s not the most original pitch in the world.
That’s about all we know at this point and yes it does sound a bit like Alan Moore‘s League of Extraordinary Gentlemen and the Malcolm McDowell movie Time After Time, however it could be pretty cool. I guess it depends which direction producers Joe Roth and Palak Patel decide to go. If they take the high road (akin to the aforementioned Malcolm McDowell movie) it’d be true to form and probably awesome. If they just slap a couple of vacuum tubes and gears on a few things, like the adaption of Moore’s 19th century adventure team, it’ll be disappointing.
Oh, wait… wait if they go the Wild Wild West route..? Sloppy misplaced steampunk and Will Smith rapping the theme song… I think I just threw up in my mouth a little.