One of the most entertaining, page-turning books I’ve read in the past few years is Ernie Cline‘s Ready Player One. Before it was even published, Warner Bros. acquired the rights to the video-game influenced story, which plays like a high-tech blend of The Social Network, Willy Wonka, and Ender’s Game.
That was 2010 and since then, the only update was about a script rewrite in 2012. Two and a half years later, one more writer is coming onboard. His name is Zak Penn, better known as the original writer of The Avengers and X2. His job is to shape up the script so Warner Bros. can sign a director this fall. Read the latest on the Ready Player One movie below. Read More »
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Capcom’s zombie-fighting video game series Dead Rising was a debut title on the Xbox 360; that first game and the titles released since all bear a great deal of influence from zombie movies. (Dead Rising 3 debuted with the Xbox One last fall.) But while the games are already heavily film-influenced, it’s no surprise that Capcom wants to complete the circle with a Dead Rising movie. What is surprising is the manner in which it is going to happen.
Legendary is producing the film, but this won’t be a theatrical release. Dead Rising will be a “full-length digital feature” that will first stream on Sony’s service Crackle. Read More »
Posted on Tuesday, June 10th, 2014 by Angie Han
Hollywood’s track record with video game adaptations is spotty at best. But video games are well-known properties with wide name recognition and built-in followings, so there’s always going to be someone willing to try and buck that trend.
Today, that someone is Sony and producer Neal Moritz, and the project in question is a Sonic the Hedgehog movie. Hit the jump for more details on the project.
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Today at Microsoft’s annual E3 press conference there was no word about the Steven Spielberg-produced Halo series that is expected to premiere in 2015. But there was some brief info on the other series based on the Halo games, which counts Ridley Scott as a producer. That one is a smaller-budgeted “digital series” originally said to be similar to Halo: Forward Until Dawn. Now we know the title: Halo Nightfall. Read More »
I’m not a huge video gamer, but the Star Wars Battlefront E3 trailer has me excited for the future of the Star Wars universe in the interactive space. The trailer is a behind the scenes look at how EA’s Dice Studio is working hard to recapture the magic of the original Star Wars trilogy of films, going back to the Lucas archives to capture new details from the models and props. They also revisited some of the original filming locations to hopefully recapture the feeling of the spaces. The trailer is cleverly edited to play to our emotions and our nostalgia for the original films (yes, it worked) but the Star Wars Battlefront E3 Trailer doesn’t show a whole lot in terms of real gameplay, a couple little snippets of early in-engine footage. Watch the trailer now embedded after the jump.
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Doug Liman came on board Ubisoft’s film production efforts when he signed to direct Splinter Cell earlier this year. Actor Tom Hardy is set to star in the film as black ops agent Sam Fisher, and is producing the film as well. Obviously, while Michael Ironside voiced most game incarnations of the character, Ubi is going a bit younger for the screen incarnation.
That has led to questions. Will this be the same character, seen prior to many of the in-game adventures, effectively making this a prequel story? Or is it a simple situation in which details necessarily change as part of the adaptation process? Liman hasn’t talked much about the adaptation, but in a new interview does say that everything about the big-screen Splinter Cell “will be younger.” Read More »
Jordan Vogt-Roberts, who made his feature debut directing The Kings of Summer, is now in talks become the Metal Gear Solid director. The film will (of course) be based on the long-running series of Metal Gear games from Konami and creator Hideo Kojima. Precisely which games will be featured is open to question, however. Read More »
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Despite the fact that Duncan Jones (Moon, Source Code) has already wrapped the primary shoot for Warcraft, we know almost nothing about the film. Clearly, the film is set in the world of Azeroth, introduced in the video game Warcraft and greatly expanded in other titles including World of Warcraft. And we know most of the members of the cast: Ben Foster, Travis Fimmel, Paula Patton, Toby Kebbell, Rob Kazinsky, Dominic Cooper, Daniel Wu and Clancy Brown are all in the film. We haven’t known anything about their characters, however, until now. Ben Foster has just given up some big info, including the name of his character — and it’s someone that will be familiar to fans of the games. Read More »