Fans of pop culture and video games have probably been waiting to hear what’s up with Ready Player One. Based on the book of the same title by Ernie Cline, the film rights were scooped up by Warner Bros. way back in 2010. Most recently we heard Zak Penn had taken over screenwriting duties on the project, which is about a futuristic world where everyone lives in a virtual reality. The man who created that reality dies, which starts a Willy Wonka-esque quest for its players to win his multi-billion dollar fortune. To win, they’ll have to exhibit aptitude in the things he loved growing up. Mainly, eighties movies, music and video games.
In a new interview with Penn, he’s confirmed the script for the Ready Player One movie is done and says one of the issues that may hold the film back from being what he imagined is licensing all the video games. Read about that, and how Penn cracked some of the book’s amazing visuals, below. Read More »
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When a landfill in New Mexico was dug up last year, with those involved hoping to exhume thousands of dumped copies of Atari’s terrible E.T. video game, the whole event was captured on camera for a documentary. That doc is Atari: Game Over, directed by Zak Penn, and it is now available online. Thanks to Microsoft’s Xbox Live service, you can watch Atari: Game Over for free. Read More »
There are few deep niches of film fandom more arbitrary than analyzing a film’s logo. But, these days, when movies are promoted so far in advance, sometimes it’s the best fans can do. We saw this happen recently with Star Wars: The Force Awakens; now it is happening with Duncan Jones‘s Warcraft.
At San Diego Comic-Con this year, Legendary made a big deal of revealing the first Warcraft logo. With the film well-over a year from release at the time, we thought that would be the extent of it. Then Jones played some awesome early footage. The director expanded on that presentation last weekend at Blizzcon, a convention put on by the game’s developer, Blizzard. New footage, new images but, most interestingly, a new logo. Why the new logo change? We don’t know, but you can read an analyzation of the Warcraft logo change below. Read More »
Posted on Wednesday, November 12th, 2014 by Angie Han
Video game adaptations tend to get a bad rap, but Sony is doing what it can to make sure Uncharted bucks that trend. The studio’s efforts now include bringing an Oscar winner on board. Mark Boal, the acclaimed screenwriter behind The Hurt Locker and Zero Dark Thirty, has signed to work on the screenplay. Even better is the reason he signed on: He’s actually a big fan of the game. Hit the jump for more on the Mark Boal Uncharted hiring, plus new Uncharted plot details.
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Is the game company Blizzard Entertainment hoping to get in on the success of animated films created by Pixar and Dreamworks? The biggest movie-related announcement to come out of Blizzard’s annual Blizzcon convention was the info about Warcraft, the film directed by Duncan Jones based on Blizzard’s set of strategy and RPG games. But the game company also announced an original new title called Overwatch. That announcement came complete with a long trailer animated in a style that leaps off from Pixar’s The Incredibles, and is clearly meant to capture the same audiences that love films of that type. Check out the Overwatch trailer below. Read More »
We haven’t seen much at all from the new Duncan Jones movie Warcraft, but at Blizzcon today the gates are opening on some of the film’s story. We’ve known most of the cast of the film, which includes Ben Foster, Travis Fimmel, Paula Patton, Toby Kebbell, Rob Kazinsky, Dominic Cooper, Daniel Wu and Clancy Brown. Until today we weren’t certain about most of their characters beyond the fact that Foster would play Medivh. Now we know roles for all the major players, and we’ve even got early renders of a couple of them in character. Meet the Warcraft movie characters below.
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Posted on Thursday, November 6th, 2014 by Angie Han
You don’t have to be a gamer to know World of Warcraft is a big deal. Since its creation in 2004, it’s become a bona fide phenomenon. World of Warcraft is the most popular MMORPG in the world with over 10 million subscribers, as well as the highest-grossing video game of all time with over $10 billion in sales. And for its most diehard devotees, World of Warcraft is no mere video game but a community, a culture, and a way of life.
The new documentary World of Warcraft: Looking for Group explores how a simple online fantasy game became what it did. Through interviews with the game creators at Blizzard Entertainment and with players themselves, World of Warcraft: Looking for Group looks at the origins and history of the game, as well as the fandom surrounding it. Watch the World of Warcraft Looking for Group documentary trailer after the jump.
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