UPDATE: Drew Karpyshyn has responded to this rumor. Read his response below.
And you thought we were going to get through a week without a juicy Star Wars rumor? Think again. Ain’t It Cool News is reporting one of the many (many) ideas currently floating around Lucasfilm (such as the Han Solo, Boba Fett and Yoda movies) is a movie version of Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic. Yes, the popular role playing video game set 4,000 years before the rise of the Galactic Empire. The primary writer on the series, Drew Karpyshyn, transitioned into screenwriting last year and is reporting his first script is nearly done. Is it Knights of the Old Republic?
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As fans patiently wait for a possible new Mortal Kombat movie, director Kevin Tancharoen is keeping himself immersed in the world where people are likely to cry “Finish Him!” A second season of the popular Mortal Kombat: Legacy web series is coming soon complete with new characters and even greater stakes. Check out the first trailer for the new season below. Read More »
Posted on Thursday, February 21st, 2013 by Angie Han
It’s a truism that good video game adaptations are hard to come by, but as long as studios smell franchise potential they’ll keep trying. That’s turning out to be good news for fans, as “trying” in this case means hiring interesting talents to tackle favorite titles. One of the particularly intriguing ones coming up is the Deus Ex movie, which reunites Sinister director Scott Derrickson with writer C. Robert Cargill (a.k.a. AICN’s Massawyrm).
The duo signed on back in November, and while there’s no release date just yet the pair say the project is “moving like a rocket.” In a new interview, Derrickson and Cargill discuss their approach, namechecking District 9, Looper, and Inception as inspirations. Hit the jump to get their updates.
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For years, a movie based on the classic video game Spy Hunter has been struggling to hit the gas. Dwayne Johnson was once attached to star, Paul W.S. Anderson and John Woo were working on it and, most recently, screenwriter Chad St. John was hired to write a script for Zombieland and Gangster Squad director Ruben Fleischer. And still, the story of a spy in a super-car who hunts down rogue agents was stalled.
After a few dormant months, the project now has new life. Fleischer is still attached to direct the Warner Bros. picture and Carter Blanchard has been hired to pen a fresh draft. This not only breathes new life into a franchise that’s had its share of troubles, but might be the jump start its been looking for.
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Posted on Friday, February 8th, 2013 by Angie Han
And you thought we had a lot to discuss when we thought Disney was just planning a new trilogy. Now that the studio’s announced it’s developing spinoffs as well, there’s more rumor and speculation than ever before. After the jump:
- Joe Johnston thinks J.J. Abrams is a perfect pick for the franchise,
- Zen Studios announces a Star Wars Pinball game,
- No, Walter Bishop is not the villain of Episode VII,
- Frank Oz would “absolutely” like to play Yoda again.
- and George Lucas could sell his 2% stake in Disney.
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While Star Wars continues to dominate much of the conversation about big-ticket sci-fi film, the outcome of the DICE keynote talk between filmmaker J.J. Abrams and game-master Gabe Newell of Valve Software was even more stunning: the two are likely to collaborate to make games and movies. The stated movie interests are adaptations of popular Valve games Portal and Half-Life.
“We’re making a Half-Life movie” is not quite what they said, but the door was certainly left open to Bad Robot and Valve collaborating on projects. And reading between the lines and taking a few other tips into account, it seems that one film is all but certain.
After the break, we’ll give you the proper quotes from the creative pair, and start to figure out just what they’re planning. Are the two hatching a scheme for something bigger than a simple game to film adaptation? I wonder if the very long-awaited conclusion of the Half-Life game series might take on a new sort of life thanks to this deal.
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Here’s a bit of a shocker in the world of video game adaptations. Fox International is going to reboot the Square Enix video game series Hitman as a new movie called Agent 47. Paul Walker will star as the bald assassin of the title, a character last seen in the 2007 film Hitman directed by Xavier Gens with Timothy Olyphant in the lead role.
Agent 47 will be written by Mike Finch and Skip Woods and directed by Aleksander Bach, a commercial director making his feature debut. Oddly enough, Woods also wrote the first movie for Gens and Olyphant. There’s more below. Read More »
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