A few months ago we repeatedly asked: Would WB treat J.K. Rowling the way DC treated Alan Moore? We may never know the answer to that one, but we can now definitely answer this: Lana and Andy Wachowski would not treat CLOUD ATLAS author David Mitchell that way.
A long, sympathetic profile of the (now) brother/sister directing duo has the following on their upcoming movie based on CLOUD ATLAS:
By August, the trio had a completed draft to send to Mitchell. The Wachowskis had had a difficult experience adapting “V for Vendetta,” from a comic book whose author, Alan Moore, hated the very idea of Hollywood adaptation and berated the project publicly. “We decided in Costa Rica that—as hard and as long as it might take to write this script—if David didn’t like it, we were just going to kill the project,” Lana said.
BTW, we’re not blaming the Wachowskis for the larger Alan Moore situation. As we mentioned in the above piece, that all goes back to old, deep wounds.
In case you’re curious —and of course you are—the piece also discusses Lana Wachowski’s personal journey:
Perhaps not coincidentally, Lana’s gender consciousness started to emerge at around the same time. In third grade, Larry transferred to a Catholic school, where boys and girls wore different uniforms and stood in separate lines before class. “I have a formative memory of walking through the girls’ line and hesitating, knowing that my clothes didn’t match,” Lana told me. “But as I continued on I felt I did not belong in the other line, so I just stopped in between them. I stood for a long moment with everyone staring at me, including the nun. She told me to get in line. I was stuck—I couldn’t move. I think some unconscious part of me figured I was exactly where I belonged: betwixt.” Larry was often bullied for his betwixtness. “As a result, I hid and found tremendous solace in books, vastly preferring imagined worlds to this world,” Lana said.
The whole piece is well worth a read…and CLOUD ATLAS, starring Tom Hanks, Halle Berry and many more, and co-directed by the Wachowskis and Thomas Tykwer, opens on the 28th.
PS: the piece, which as we mentioned, if very friendly towards the Wachowskis, goes over their career in depth, with even a mention of their Marvel work. But not one word about SPEED RACER. Burn. Someday that movie will be safe to love! Mark our words!
Heidi MacDonald is the founder and editor in chief of The Beat. In the past, she worked for Disney, DC Comics, Fox and Publishers Weekly. She can be heard regularly on the More To Come Podcast. She likes coffee, cats and noble struggle.