You will again be asked to remember, remember the fifth of November. According to our trusted and proven sources, Warner Bros. plans to once again adapt V for Vendetta, based on the comic book series of the same name written by Alan Moore of Watchmen fame, with art by David Lloyd and Tony Weare. The new film will be a reboot.
We’ve exclusively learned Warner Bros. is working on a reboot of 2005’s V for Vendetta.
Not counting the obvious questions of which filmmakers will ultimately be involved in the V for Vendetta reboot, or which actors, probably the most important question about the film is what it will be about. Both the comic book and the 2005 film adaptation take place in a dystopian version of the United Kingdom, but the dark worlds of the source material and the film were different in many ways, largely because they were both produced in different times.
V for Vendetta first began appearing in the black-and-white British anthology magazine Warrior in 1982, and was later serialized in color by DC Comics. Its protagonist is the anarchist revolutionary V, a former political prisoner who seeks not just a revolution, but a quest of vengeance to hunt down and kill every employee of his former prison.
Working in the UK of the 1980s, Alan Moore and his collaborators saw V for Vendetta as an attack on an increasingly conservative UK under the heel of Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher.
Directed by James McTeigue (Sense8) and written by Lilly and Lana Wachowski (The Matrix), 2005’s V for Vendetta starred Hugo Weaving (Captain America: The First Avenger) as the titular revolutionary and Natalie Portman (Thor: Love and Thunder) as Evey: a woman who is saved by V from a pair of crooked police and later helps V in his work.
So what will this new V for Vendetta be about? Well, if it follows suit with the 2005 adaptation, then its themes will attempt to be more current.
Working in the UK of the 1980s, Alan Moore and his collaborators saw V for Vendetta as an attack on an increasingly conservative UK under the heel of Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher. But by the time the film hit theaters in 2005, Thatcher had been out of office for fifteen years and dead for two.
Instead of acting as a critique of 1980s UK, the 2005 film attempted instead to act as a reflection of post-9/11 America. This is has a lot to do with why, for better or worse, the story unfolds much differently in the film than it does in the source material. For example the event that acts as the climax of 2005’s V for Vendetta — the destruction of Parliament — happens relatively early in the comic book’s narrative.
So what will this new V for Vendetta be about? Well, if it follows suit with the 2005 adaptation, then its themes will attempt to be more current. Likely topics to be examined include racism, transphobia, climate change, and immigration.
Once we know more concrete information about the V for Vendetta reboot, we’ll make sure you know.