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Saturday, March 5, 2005


Warner Bros. announced on Friday that The Wachowski Brothers and Joel Silver, the creators and producer of the Matrix trilogy, have launched production on V For Vendetta, starring Natalie Portman, James Purefoy and Stephen Rea, in Berlin, Germany.

Produced by Silver, Andy Wachowski and Larry Wachowski, V For Vendetta is directed by James McTeigue, who served as the first assistant director on the Matrix trilogy.

Herešs how Warner Bros. describes the film:

"Set against the futuristic landscape of totalitarian Britain, V For Vendetta tells the story of a mild-mannered young woman named Evey (Natalie Portman) who is rescued from a life-and-death situation by a masked vigilante (James Purefoy) known only as 'V.' Incomparably charismatic and ferociously skilled in the art of combat and deception, V ignites a revolution when he detonates two London landmarks and takes over the government-controlled airwaves, urging his fellow citizens to rise up against tyranny and oppression. As Evey uncovers the truth about V's mysterious background, she also discovers the truth about herself -- and emerges as his unlikely ally in the culmination of his plot to bring freedom and justice back to a society fraught with cruelty and corruption."

The screenplay by Andy Wachowski and Larry Wachowski is based on the graphic novel by Alan Moore and illustrator David Lloyd that was originally published by DC Comics as a 10-part series in 1988.

Warner Bros. has released a transcript and images from a press conference it staged on Friday for the film. To read the question-and-answer session with the film's stars and creators, CLICK HERE.

V For Vendetta will be released on Nov. 4.

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Dan Slott, whose recent credits include She-Hulk, Spider-Man/Human Torch and GLA, has signed an exclusive contract with Marvel Comics.

"I grew up on Marvel," Slott said. "The first super-hero comics I ever read were my cousin's copies of Fantastic Four #48, #49, and #50! And when you think about it, how messed up is that? Giving a little kid your copies of the Galactus Trilogy to read? Those are some of the greatest comics ever made! They're like the comic book equivalent of a crack pipe. Soon after, I was asking my dad if he could start me up on an allowance-- a quarter a week to feed my new habit. And I've never looked back.˛

This spring will see the debut of GLA in May and the conclusion of Spider-Man/Human Torch in May. She-Hulk will return in October, and Slott will also have a yet-to-be-announced project.

"This August, I'll be the writer on a new 'secret' monthly book for Marvel, starring one of their top-tier characters," Slott said. "I don't know if we can let the cat out of the bag just yet."

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Following the announcement earlier this week of Robert Kirkman's Invincible being optioned by Paramount Pictures, Image Comics on Friday announced a hardcover collection that will be released on June 8.

Invincible: The Ultimate Collection, Vol. 1 will collect the first 13 issues, clocking in at 400 pages for $34.95. The issues collected feature artwork from series co-creator Cory Walker and current Invincible artist Ryan Ottley, and will contain bonus material and an introduction by Brian Michael Bendis.

The hardcover will follow April's Invincible #0, a 16-page, 50-cent comic that serves as a jumping on point, including the origin of the character.

Kirkman himself is writing the film, which will be produced by Lorenzo Di Bonaventura.

"I had so much fun writing it the first time around that I can't wait to write it all again in a new medium," Kirkman said.

Kirkman said he's hoping the spotlight on the book will convince anyone who might not be reading Invincible to give it a shot.

"Readership on Invincible continues to grow month after month," he said. "Hopefully with this announcement people who had been reluctant to give a new superhero book a try will now give Invincible the chance it deserves. In preparation for that we're trying to make it as easy as possible with a reasonably priced hardcover and the 50-cent zero issue."

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For covers and four-page previews of upcoming titles, CLICK HERE.

Titles include Gotham Central #29 from DC Comics and Conan #14, Damn Nation #2 and Concrete: The Human Dilemma #4 from Dark Horse Comics.

Look for more First Looks on Monday here in The Continuum.


* Here's a first look at Joe Quesada's variant cover to Wolverine #27.

* Coming Monday: Marvel news and much more!!!

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In case you missed The Continuum's recent coverage, here are some links:

* For Monday, Feb. 28, including Spider-Man movie news, CLICK HERE.

* For Saturday, Feb. 26, including Sin City movie news, CLICK HERE.

* For Friday, Feb. 25, including an interview with Constantine's Djimon Hounsou, CLICK HERE.

* For Thursday, Feb. 24, including Top Cow news, CLICK HERE.

* For Wednesday, Feb. 23, including Devil's Due Publishing's solicitations for May, CLICK HERE.

* For Tuesday, Feb. 22, including Justice League Unlimited news, CLICK HERE.

* For Monday, Feb. 21, including interviews with Batman Begins' Christian Bale and Fantastic Four's Julian McMahon, CLICK HERE.

* For Sunday, Feb. 20, including the DC Universe panel at WonderCon in San Francisco, CLICK HERE.

* For Saturday, Feb. 19, including the Vertigo/WildStorm panel at WonderCon in San Francisco, CLICK HERE.

* For Friday, Feb. 18, including Marvel Comics' solicitations for May, CLICK HERE.

* For Thursday, Feb. 17, including Image Comics' solicitations for May, CLICK HERE.

* For Wednesday, Feb. 16, including news on The Batman's second season, CLICK HERE.

* For Tuesday, Feb. 15, including an interview with Constantine's Keanu Reeves, CLICK HERE.

* For Monday, Feb. 14, including DC Comics' solicitations for May, CLICK HERE.

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