Friday, July 08, 2005
P For Postponed?
First off, I want to say that my thoughts and prayers go out to the people of England and their loved ones who had to endure yesterday's horrific events. Attacks like these aren't going away anytime soon, and the sooner we focus our anti-terrorist policies on realities like this and not Iraq, the better. Of course, since the insurgents attacks are in their "last throes" as Dick Cheney put it, getting out of Iraq shouldn't take long , should it?
Anyhoo, on to the pop culture, which is something I have a better grounding in. Warner Brothers was planning on releasing "V For Vendetta", a new film produced by The Wachowski Brothers and Joel Silver (all of whom were involved in "The Matrix", Silver producing, The Wachowskis' writing and directing) and directed by James McTeigue in his debut as a director. McTeigue has previously been a first assistant director on a lot of sci-fi/fantasy genre films, "The Matrix" trilogy being just a few. The script, by The Wachowskis, is based on the graphic novel by the mighty Alan Moore, which was one of the seminal parts of the comic book revival of the mid-to-late eighties.
The graphic novel, and film, details how England has been taken over by a facist government running the British Parliament and how one costumed revolutionary (Hugo Weaving) contrives to bring it down, with the help of a new recruit (Natalie Portman). One of the film's action set pieces has the revolutionaries blowing up Parliament. In London. As a revolutionary act. And they're the heroes. The ones blowing up Parliament.
Can you imagine how hard of a sell this film, which is supposed to be released in November mind you, is going to be? No matter how justified in the context of the "Brazil"/"THX-1138"/"1984"-ish story, no one is going to be too thrilled to see a multi-million dollar film like this, at least not in the near future.
I would hate to be either a Warner's exec, a Warchowski (well, especially the brother who likes to dress up in women's clothing and and hang out with his dominatrix girlfriend who he broke up with his wife for... but that's another story) or a Joel Silver this morning.
Because no matter how much you have spent on trying to bring your artistic vision to the world, none of it really matters compared to the loss suffered by a city, it's citizens, and those who care about them.