In these edgy, post-9/11 times, how does a studio handle a movie featuring a terrorist-like hero who blows up the British Parliament building?
They call him a freedom fighter.
At least that’s what Warners has decided to do with the futuristic “V for Vendetta,” in which the central figure vows to do what Guy Fawkes couldn’t in 1605 and blow up the Parliament building — all to save the population from a hyperfascist government. “V” even wears a mask painted to look like Fawkes.
Pic, which bows March 17, was produced by Joel Silver and written by the Wachowski brothers. Hugo Weaving and Natalie Portman star. James McTeigue, the Wachowskis’ longtime directing assistant, helmed.
If there were an Oscar for most politically charged film, Warners — the studio also behind “Syriana” — might be a shoo-in.
The pic’s release — which was delayed after the real-life London subway terrorist bombings last year — is sure to ignite plenty of discourse. (Warners attributes the delay not to the bombings but to additional post-production work.)
In the U.K., “Vendetta” has come into the spotlight in recent days thanks to a new measure passed by the House of Commons that would outlaw the “glorification” of terrorism.
There’s no indication so far that the law could impact the release of “Vendetta,” but studio execs must have been relieved when the House of Lords rejected the proposal late last week.