Briefly: The makers of the mobile game Temple Run didn’t invent the “endless runner” by a long shot, but they did nail it with the Indiana Jones-inspired game that casts players as an adventurer on the run from relentless demonic monsters. Temple Run, in fact, is one of those rare success stories that drives legions of competitors. It was created by only three people, and the “freemium” model means the core game is free to play, with various upgrades available at any time to players addicted enough to pay real-world cash for them.
The first game was downloaded over 100 million times in its first year. With the more polished and more challenging sequel and licensed versions tied to films such as Brave and Oz: The Great and Powerful, Temple Run is one of the few unqualified success stories of the mobile game space.
Now it may become a movie, as Warner Bros. is developing a film version with Harry Potter producer David Heyman. There’s no screenwriter on board yet, but the story will, according to THR, hew close to the bare-bones narrative of the game, with “an explorer who, having stolen an idol from a temple, is chased by demonic forces.” Will this be a success similar to 1999′s The Mummy, or another doomed game to film conversion?
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Duncan Jones (Moon, Source Code) is hard at work on the pre-production stage of Warcraft, his film adaptation of the game world seen in Blizzard video games Warcraft and World of Warcraft.
The film doesn’t shoot until early 2014, but a lot of work has already gone into the project. Jones and his producers appeared at Blizzcon over the weekend, and sat in on a panel talking about the film. While they still haven’t released the proof of concept footage shown at Comic Con this past summer, the panel discussion debuted some concept art, which you can see below, and offered a few details on the script. Read More »
If Grand Theft Auto V were a theatrically-released movie instead of a video game, enough people would have bought tickets to earn only $227.4 million at the global box office. That box office number would be just enough to make it only the #453 largest grossing film ever worldwide – just under The Green Hornet, The Heat, Mr. Bean’s Holiday and Space Jam.
I’ll admit, I’m trolling video gamers a bit with this comparison — But I got your attention right? That said, the math is real:
29 million gamers bought GTAV, times that by the current movie ticket average of $7.84 a ticket (believe it or not, it is actually that low) equals a $227.4 million dollar gross at the box office.
If you’ve gotten this far (five sentences in) and didn’t just jump directly to the comments to post how I’m an idiot after reading only the headline or first sentence – Thank you smart reader! This actually isn’t the video game hit piece you might expect from the headline. The report on GTA V’s sales last week sent me on a journey to see how that, and the video game industry as a whole, compares to the movie business. Please join me in taking a fair and balanced look at the real numbers, perceived value and how its unfair to compare two entertainment industries in simple terms.
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Briefly: One video game adaptation that keeps restarting from save points is Kane & Lynch, which has had directors and potential cast members come and go over since shortly after the first game’s debut in 2007. The game series features the two title characters, two escaped death row inmates who find that they were broken out of prison only to be coerced into tracking down a giant cache of loot for a big criminal organization. Turns out that recruiting pychopathic, schizophrenic men to do such work isn’t the best idea, and much violence ensues.
Now Gerard Butler is in talks to play Kane, and F. Gary Gray, once set to direct a while back, on board once more to make the movie. To round out the lead duo, producers are hoping to land Vin Diesel. THR has the news, saying that an offer is out to Diesel, but even Butler isn’t signed just yet. Butler and Gray have worked together before, on the Gray’s most recent feature Law Abiding Citizen, and the director worked with Diesel on A Man Apart.
Two names that instantly gain my interest are “Nintendo” and “Star Wars.” Mix the two together and you have something potentially exciting.
Director James Farr has just created a web short called Super Smash Wars: A Link To The Hope, which he touts as a “Star Wars / Nintendo-verse Mashup.” It blends music, characters and tropes from popular Nintendo games like The Legend of Zelda and Super Mario Bros., and adapts them to the classic story of Star Wars. If it’s possible, the results are more awesome than you’re imagining right now. Check it out below. Read More »
Just in time for the debut of the PlayStation4, we’ve got a trailer for the CG animated film adaptation of a game that launched six years ago in the first year of the PlayStation3. The title is Heavenly Sword, and the film began as a trial development between Sony and Blockade Entertainment. The feature started to make noise at Cannes this year, and at the American Film Market it secured distribution for 2014.
The film features the voices of Anna Torv, as heroine Nariko, Alfred Molina as King Bohan, and Thomas Jane as Loki. Watch the trailer below. Read More »
Director Kevin Tancharoen has been immersed in the world of Mortal Kombat for three years. He directed two full seasons of Mortal Kombat: Legacy for the web and has been prepping a feature film at New Line Cinema as well. That’s a whole lot of fatalities.
Now it seems the director, who also made a play to direct Hunger Games a few years back, has had it with Raiden, Sub Zero and Scorpion. He took to Twitter to announce he’s leaving the franchise, leaving the film in limbo. Read More »
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Posted on Thursday, October 17th, 2013 by Angie Han
Gamers have been hoping for years that Hollywood would finally figure out how to make a good video game movie, but their one of their best hopes of that happening rests on a guy who’s not much of a gamer at all.
Assassin’s Creed star Michael Fassbender has admitted that not only had he never played Assassin’s Creed before he signed on, he doesn’t even own a video game console. So what made him decide to take the job? Find out after the jump.
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