Kung Fu Panda Director to take on Comic Adaptation 'We3'

by Joey Paur

This movie sounds crazy interesting. It will be based on Vertigo's comic book mini-series We3, which was written by Grant Morrison who also adapted his own material into a script for the film. This is the first time I have heard of this comic book, but it is described as a hyper-violent and heart breaking story that follows the journey of We3, a squad of three prototype "animal weapons," as they flee captivity. Following the decision to terminate them in preparation for expanding the project of which they are a part, their escape is engineered by their trainer. The group consists of a dog, "Bandit" a.k.a. "1"; a cat, "Tinker" a.k.a. "2"; and a rabbit, "Pirate" a.k.a. "3", who were all kidnapped from a nearby city and encased in robotic armor. They were also given the ability to speak through implants in their skulls; this ability is,however, severely limited - as one scientist notes, "don't expect the sonnets of Shakespeare." The armor in which the animals are encased also fields numerous weapons, including mine laying devices, machine guns and razor claws.

As We3 break free and try to find their way home, the US Air Force attempts to capture them before anyone can find out about the Animal Weapons program. We3 are pursued by helicopter gunships and troops on foot, but their weaponry and fighting skill is vastly superior and they dispatch all soldiers sent against them with apparent ease. In desperation, the military and scientific personnel charged with We3's recapture release a swarm of cybernetically enhanced rats, themselves prototypes within the Animal Weapon program. Once again the effort fails - We3 evade the verminous pursuit, destroying a railway bridge (and a train passing across it) in the process.

Sounds pretty cool to me! Producer Don Murphy informed STYD that John Stevenson has been brought in to direct the movie, which will be a live-action film! On top of that even though the movie main characters are cute little animals in specialized combat suits the movie will be rated R. Murphy says:

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."

If done right this movie could be awesome! I am going to go out and spoil the story for the movie by picking up the comic book and reading it. John Stevenson was most recently attached to direct the new He-Man movie.

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