Monday, February 27, 2006

V for Vendetta might not suck

Update: If you're looking for the script, here it is:
V for Vendetta: from Script to Film. You're welcome.


Original Post:

Alan Moore's and David Lloyd's graphic novel V for Vendetta has been turned into a movie, which will be released 17 March. Moore is a gifted graphic-novel writer (Watchmen, Promethea), who has been cursed with two disappointing adaptions of his work: From Hell and The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen.

Moore is known for bitterly denouncing the scripts of these movies, and he is particularly chafed about the V for Vendetta script: he has been trying to remove his name from it for months.

Today James Wolcott all but swoons in a heap after screening the movie. Perhaps it was the champagne, perhaps it was all the talented and beautiful stars at the screening; but it's an ecstatic review nevertheless, not of the movie per se, but of the kaleidoscope of impressions he had while watching it. There are no other reviews of the movie out yet. For what it's worth, there is one harshly negative review (NB: spoilers) of an early draft of the script at screenwritersutopia.com.

I hope it is a good movie: it is an excellent graphic novel. Also, despite his cranky protests, I want all good things for Alan Moore because he has brought me a lot of joy. Watchmen and Promethea are two of the most imaginative works I have ever encountered.

The Wachowski Brothers co-wrote the screenplay, and the movie is directed by James McTeigue, a first-time director who was 1st Assistant Director on a dozen good action movies. The cast is stellar: Natalie Portman, Hugo Weaving, Stephen Rea, and Stephen Fry, among others. Here's the official site for the movie.



(Cover Photo taken from the V For Vendetta Shrine)

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