Wednesday, March 23, 2005

Even more comic book news...

Apparently they are shooting an adaptation of Alan Moore's V for Vendetta. If they pull that off right, it could be really cool.

And for those who think I consider most show business people to be overpaid boneheads--which I do--I must report being impressed by this:

"Actress Natalie Portman impressed everyone on the Berlin set of her latest film V For Vendetta when she started speaking fluent German. Unlike many actors, who would be silenced by the language barrier, linguistic Portman, 23, immediately started communicating in the native language. A source says, "She just turned up one day talking German. It has made her very popular with the Germans on the crew." The Star Wars actress, educated at top American university Harvard, is fluent in Hebrew, French and Japanese, as well as German. V For Vendetta explores how different life would be if Germany had won World War II."

Her politics are probably still as reflexive and hairbrained as most of her comrades, but damn, that's something.


At 8:09 PM, Blogger Gadfly said...

Also it should be noted that the plot has obviously been changed from the original comic, which was set in a post-WWIII Britain taken over by Fascists.

At 5:59 AM, Blogger Ken Begg said...

Yeah, that did seem ominous. As if, "Will audiences be able to 'get' the idea of British fascists? After all, they're not as smart as we are. Ah, screw it, let's just say the Nazis took over."

At 6:29 AM, Blogger Gadfly said...

It's probably more a case of you'd have to make two historical jumps to get to the original premise now.

Originally the idea was that this could happen after WWIII, and that was the only premise you had to accept for the milieu.

Today to get to the original premise you have to establish that the Cold War went hot AND that fascists took over Britain.

I suppose they just said screw it and decided to go with Hitler winning the war, which really preserves the basic themes of V for Vendetta anyways.

At 10:21 AM, Blogger Ken Begg said...

I don't know, I suspect Moore thinks using a non-homegrown fascist movement is a cop out.


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