Somehow we forgot to mention the biggest comics-to-movies news of the week: That a director has been found for the proposed WE3 movie. The brilliant Grant Morrison/Frank Quitely miniseries is best described as “Homeward Bound meets the Terminator” as three cybernetically enhanced cute little animals go on a harrowing journey to freedom and peace. The director signed is John Stevenson, who helmed KUNG FU PANDA. Despite the cute little animal factor, the movie will not be 100% CGI, says producer Don Murphy:
Producer Don Murphy informs ShockTillYouDrop.com: “Even though the film is going to be live-action, we brought on the lead director of Kung Fu Panda [John Stevenson]. He’s attached to direct We3. We’re doing it as an R-rating. It’s not going to be cutesy. There’s killer rabbits and stuff. We’re in the process right now of trying to figure out where we’re going to make it.”
Written by Grant Morrison, who adapted his own source material, the action-packed, hyper-violent and heartbreaking story focuses on three test animals – a dog, a cat and a rabbit – who are infused into prototype combat suits equipped with various weaponry. Thanks to chips in their skulls, they’re allowed to speak. This trio breaks free and We3 tells of their perilous return home. The series was released in 2004 and was illustrated by Frank Quitely
“It was at New Line,” says Murphy. “But the new New Line doesn’t want to do these kinds of movies. We have two really good prospects. [Producer] Susan [Montford] was able to get this film going just based on the treatment before the comic so we’ve been on this a while.”
This would mark Morrison’s Hollywood debut, and remains one of our most-wished for comic book movies.