News on Shrek 4, V for Vendetta

Work has not begun yet on Shrek 3 or the Puss in Boots spinoff, but Dreamworks is already taking on Shrek 4.. According to Variety, the studio has hired Tim Sullivan to pen the screenplay for Shrek 4 Sullivan’s involvement apparently came about when he was invited to pitch several animated script ideas for the studio and the studio jumped at his idea for another Shrek film.

Dreamworks has already slated Shrek 3 for a May 18, 2007 release with Mike Myers, Cameron Diaz, and Eddie Murphy attached to reprise their voice roles. Peter Seaman and Jeffrey Price (The Grinch) will be writing that screenplay.

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The Wachowski Brothers and Joel Silver, the creators and producer of The Matrix films have launched production on the action thriller V For Vendetta starring Natalie Portman (Closer, Garden State), James Purefoy (Vanity Fair, Resident Evil) and Stephen Rea (Interview With the Vampire, The Crying Game) in Berlin, Germany.

V For Vendetta will be directed by James McTeigue, who served as the First Assistant Director on the Matrix trilogy.

Set against the futuristic landscape of totalitarian Britain, the film 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 the Wachowskis is based on the acclaimed graphic novel of the same name by Alan Moore (From Hell) and illustrator David Lloyd. Originally published by DC Comics as a ten-part series in 1988, V For Vendetta has been praised for its vision, potency and eloquence. Moore is widely considered to be one of the finest comic writers of all time, and has been credited with single-handedly expanding the potential of the comic book medium with his work.

Credit: Cinecon.com

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