Looks like HBO's Watchmen TV pilot won’t be the only Alan Moore comic book adaptation in the works. New reports claim V for Vendetta may also be heading to TV.
The news was first reported by Bleeding Cool’s Rich Johnston who claims “industry sources” have confirmed UK broadcaster Channel 4 is developing a series based on Moore and David Lloyd’s cult comic, while Digital Spy also reports the project is in the early stages of development. Again, we caution to take these reports in stride for now, until a studio confirms development. But still, it'd be fascinating to see that world spun out as a weekly series.
Published in the 1980s, V for Vendetta is set in a dystopian future and follows a vigilante's quest to bring down a tyrannical British government thanks to an elaborate revenge plot. The character of "V" wore the iconic Guy Fawkes mask and was modelled on the real-life Guy Fawkes, who was hanged, drawn and quartered in 1606 for the failed Gunpowder Plot of 1605.
V for Vendetta was adapted for the big screen in 2005 by Lilly and Lana Wachowski and helmed by James McTeigue in his first major directing gig (he worked as second and first assistant director on several movies before going solo with V for Vendetta). The movie starred Hugo Weaving as “V,” as well as Natalie Portman, Stephen Rea, Stephen Fry and John Hurt. Moore asked for his name to be taken off the movie credits.
If a V for Vendetta TV series is indeed in the works at Channel 4, there’s no denying the UK channel would be an ideal home for the adaptation. The network has developed quite a nice roster of genre offerings over the years, including Ultraviolet, Black Mirror, Humans, Utopia, Misfits, Dead Set and Philip K Dick’s Electric Dreams.
What do you think about a possible V for Vendetta series?