New Line Eyes We3 Comic Book

Mini-majorDaily Variety reports that New Line Cinema is working out a deal to acquire rights to the comic book series We3, published by DC Comics under its Vertigo label. If the buy goes through, New Line will likely develop it as a live-action feature starring a trio of CG-animated stars.

Created by writer Grant Morrison and artist Frank Quitely, We3 centers on a dog, a cat and a rabbit who escape from a secret military program that has transformed them into armor-suited assassins. With the military on their tails, the furry fellows must then find their way back home to their former lives as domestic pets.

AngryFilms’ Don Murphy (Natural Born Killers) is attached to produce the film with Susan Montford (Disney’s upcoming remake of Miyazaki’s Kiki’s Delivery Service) and Rick Benattar (TV’s Twisted Tales). Murphy has previous experience adapting comics for the big screen, having produced 20th Century Fox’s moderately successful takes on the Alan Moor graphic novels The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen and From Hell. Benattar is listed as a producer on DreamWorks’ upcoming Real Steel, a futuristic robot boxing drama to be directed by Jonathan Mostow (Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines). That pic is slated for 2006.