‘We3’ Director Named
Horror site Shock til you Drop reports that Kung Fu Panda director John Stevenson has been tapped to direct the live-action adaptation of Vertigo’s We3 miniseries. The comic, written by Grant Morrison and illustrated by Frank Quitely, was initially optioned years ago by New Line Cinema, which has since been subsumed by parent company Warner Bros.
Producer Don Murphy told the site, "Even though the film is going to be live-action, we brought on the lead director of Kung Fu Panda. 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.
"It was at New Line, 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."
The official synopsis for the project:
“We3 tells the unforgettable story of three innocent pets — a dog, a cat and a rabbit who have been converted into deadly cyborgs by a sinister military weapons program. With nervous systems amplified to match their terrifying mechanical exoskeletons, the members of Animal Weapon 3 have the firepower of a battalion between them. But they are just the programs prototypes and, now that their testing is complete, they’re slated to be permanently decommissioned” until they seize their one chance to make a desperate run for freedom! Relentlessly pursued by their makers, the We3 team must navigate a frightening and confusing world where their instincts and heightened abilities make them as much a threat as those hunting them but a world, nonetheless, in which there is something called Home. Action-packed and heart-wrenching, We3 is a new high mark from two of comics greatest talents.”