Kung Fu Panda's John Stevenson Directing We3 Movie
Although we initially reported that Kung Fu Panda co-director John Stevenson was going to direct Warner Brothers' He-Man movie, it looks like he's going to prove himself first by taking on an adaptation of the comic book series We3. Our friends at ShockTillYouDrop got the scoop on Stevenson directly from producer Don Murphy, so this time it's a fairly sound confirmation. We3 was a comic series published by Vertigo in 2004 written by Grant Morrison, who is also writing the screenplay. Initially the project was setup at New Line, but it's now being shopped around to two other "really good prospects."
We3 is an "action-packed, hyper-violent and heartbreaking story" about three test animals - a dog named Bandit, a cat named Tinker, and a rabbit named Pirate - who are infused into prototype robotic combat suits equipped with various weaponry. Thanks to chips in their skulls, they're able to speak. This trio breaks free and We3 tells of their perilous return home. Sounds like Homeward Bound, Small Soldiers, and Gremlins all crammed into one ugly movie. Murphy explains that, "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." Sounds pretty awesome.
Murphy says of the status that, "We're in the process right now of trying to figure out where we're going to make it." At the moment, it should be taken as good news that this project is actually moving along so swiftly. As I said about Stevenson in the He-Man article, he may have done a fairly good job with Kung Fu Panda, but that doesn't prove that he can handle something like this. I'm especially considered about how big of a change this is - rated R killer live-action animals versus a cute lovable panda learning kung fu? Has anyone read the We3 comics either? If not, you might as well pick a copy up on Amazon.