Alan Moore’s V for Vendetta is being developed as a TV series by Channel 4. This seems like a good move.
The series is in the earliest of early stages of development, but Channel 4 has previously brought us fan-favorites like Black Mirror and Humans, so we can hope for something high quality.
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The dystopian story follows a vigilante named V who takes down a fascist regime through an elaborate revenge scheme. Think The Count of Monte Cristo crossed with Reagan-era political paranoia.
The 2005 adaptation of the graphic novel starred Natalie Portman and Hugo Weaving, and received middling reviews. Honestly, I thought it was pretty cool. The graphic novel is a surprisingly nuanced analysis of the relationship between fascism and democracy, between individuality and groupthink. The 2005 movie was more of a Bush/Blair-era action movie that was somewhat politically minded, but more explodey-minded. Still, it’s an entertaining watch (besides the thirty minute torture sequence).
This news follows the recent announcement that Moore’s Watchmen began production as a series over at HBO. It’s a good year for Moore fans, but probably a bad year for Moore, who notoriously hates adaptations of his work.
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