We3 gets a director, targets an R rating

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The film adaptation of Grant Morrison and Frank Quitely’s fantastic three-issue comic, We3, seems to be moving towards production finally. If you’re unfamiliar with it, is the story of a squad of three prototype “animal weapons” who flee captivity when they’re schedule to be terminated after their project is shut down. It’s routinely described as Homeward Bound meets Robocop. (We3 is available in trade paperback.)

We first heard rumblings about a film version over three years ago, but now producer Don Murphy has told ShockTillYouDrop that they’ve found their director: Kung Fu Panda co-director John Stevenson.

Presumably, Stevenson is the same “big, hot director” Grant Morrison mentioned was attached back in August, shortly after Kung Fu Panda had hit it big in theaters. Stevenson’s attachment is encouraging, because the action in Kung Fu Panda was extremely well done — and while the film is nominally live-action, Bandit the dog, Tinker the cat, and Pirate the bunny will be computer generated.

One other detail Murphy divulged also lead me to think the adaptation is in good hands:

We’re doing it as an R-rating. It’s not going to be cutesy. There’s killer rabbits and stuff.

Man, an R-rating? That’s pretty bad-ass. Fans of the comics can also rest assured that with the script adapted by Morrison himself, it’s sure to be as faithful as faithful gets. I haven’t read Film Ick’s script review from last year (because I don’t want to spoil anything they’ve expanded upon for the feature-length) but their Brendon Connelly called it “the single best unproduced script I have ever read.”

Posted on December 9, 2008 at 11:19 by Gordon@MovieMakeout · Permalink
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