Mark Wahberg, Mila Kunis, Ludacris, and Director John Moore (The Omen, Behind Enemy Lines) were in attendance to premiere Max Payne footage at the Fox panel at Comic Con.

During the Panel, John Moore kept repeating how important it was for him to stay as subjective to Max Payne’s character as possible. He believed once you take away the controller from the player, you better make it as personal to the audience as you can. Moore’s reasoning is that when you play the game the whole reason to play it is to feel like you’re a part of the story.

If you’re a fan of the game, you would be excited of what we had the privilege to witness. For instance, one scene involved Max Payne following some “junkies” into a subway system. As he passed them, they were sitting on a bench, he took a right into the bathroom. The next thing we saw was Payne looking into the mirror, he noticed the reflection behind him were the junkies. A shootout soon took place inside the bathroom, if anyone has played just the beginning of the game, the set were this taking place will seem very familiar.

Some other perks from the game, has Max Pax Payne narrating how he feels, using very dark metaphorical dialogue, but making it as simple sounding as it can, giving the feeling like you’re listing to someone read a comic book.

The last thing we were shown was a 3 minute highlight reel of the movie. It started with a zoomed shot of a barrel of a handgun, then with the same single shot started zooming back, until you saw Mark Walhberg standing holding the gun in in a alleyway while it was snowing. It went on with Led Zeppelin’s “Candy Store Rock” blasting in the background and seeing quick clips of various gun fights and showing different characters Max Payne will encounter, including dream sequence that are involved with the game. It ended with with a scene showing Max Payne holding a hostage in a office with an swat team of about ten, holding guns pointing to Payne. He throws the hostage to the ground and a fire fight ensues. Payne on one side of the room, the swat team on the other. Max Payne then tries to sneak to the other side of the room, ducking and dodging bullets by using the office desks as cover. At one point the emergency sprinklers go off, giving the firefight a little beauty to the scene.

At the end of the firefight, we see Max Payne dive, while shooting at a door to unlock it. The clip then slows down, using a bullet time effect much like what the game does. John Moore briefly discussed how they achieved bullet time. by  Using a hard drive called Phantom. Phantom is a machine that can record video at 1000 Frames per second, which gives the effect of slowing down time time to the thousandth degree. The effect gives a smooth rendition of what the game does so well.

All in all, the movie has beautiful cinematic shots but the question remains, will the story be worth watching? Again, they seemed to keep the simple dialogue from the game, I’m not sure how well that will translate for a full movie.

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Max Payne Movie Posters

Two new one-sheets for the adaptation of Rockstar Games Max Payne have popped up at Dark Horizons. When the film’s trailer hit a few weeks ago, hardcore fans of the game shot poison-tipped arrows at the curious presence of nappy angel-looking entities. The spiffier poster after the jump will probably draw a similar response: Max Payne vs Jeepers Creepers, ftw. Meanwhile, the spiffier poster on the right has subtle shades of Sin City, evokes the video game box art, and also reminds me of the NYC street art of WK Interact (check it out).

Discuss: A PG-13 Max Payne. Will this be the choice action flick of the fall, or will it be the R-rated Punisher: War Zone? Or, neither? Also, Angels in the Outfield.

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New Max Payne Photo in USA Today

20th Century Fox has released the first “official still” from the big screen adaptation of Max Payne. Yes, I realize that we posted a batch of production photos last week, but I guess they weren’t actually “official”. In the USA Today article, Mark Wahlberg admits that he has never played the game but says that he’s watched one of his assistants “play more than I should. It’s got a story line more complex than most video-game movies.” I would make some snarky crack about how Wahlberg should get his act together and play some video games do a little research, but we must remember, this guy was nominated for an Oscar.

Badass Max Payne Photos

Now that everyone is all of a sudden excited for the video game to big screen adaptation of Max Payne, new promotional material has begun to leak out. This batch of six badass promotional photos, with frames which look directly ripped from the game itself, were released on the film’s official website (although, I found them on FirstShowing). Max Payne hits theaters on October 17th.

Max Payne Movie Trailer

The movie trailer for the big screen video game adaptation of Max Payne is now online at filmweb. Thanks to /Film reader Michal S for the tip. I’m really impressed by the visual stylings of director John Moore who seemed to capture the slow-motion action sequences, including Mark Wahlberg’s slow motion dive which is ripped directly from the game. Looks promising.

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The story follows Max Payne (Mark Wahlberg), a former NYPD Detective with internal and external conflicts in a dark, sinister New York City. Three years after the murder of his newborn daughter and wife by a group of junkies, Max is now undercover agent in the DEA and embedded in the Punchinello Mafia family. The video game series is known for its Matrix-like bullet-time, graphic violence and profanity. The movie will hit theaters on October 17th 2008.

Discuss: What do you think of the Max Payne movie trailer?

Max Payne Set Photos

Max Payne Set Photos

/Film scooper Christopher M sent over set photos from the upcoming big screen adaptation of Max Payne.

Max Payne Set Photos

Max Payne Set Photos
In the film, Mark Wahlberg plays Max Payne, a former NYPD Detective with internal and external conflicts in a dark, sinister New York City. Three years after the murder of his newborn daughter and wife by a group of junkies, Max is now undercover agent in the DEA and embedded in the Punchinello Mafia family. The video game series is known for its Matrix-like bullet-time, graphic violence and profanity.

We’ve missed a lot of set photos in the last few days, so here is a round-up. First up is Matt Damon in Steven Soderbergh‘s The Informant. Damon plays vice president turned informant/star witness Mark Whitacre, one of the men involved in an agri-business giant with a price-fixing accusation. Nice mustache! The Informant hits theaters on March 9th 2009.[justjared]

Matt Damon in Steven Soderbergh's The Informant

Mark Wahlberg stars in the upcoming video game to screen adaptation Max Payne. Payne is a DEA agent whose family was slain as part of a conspiracy. In order to avenge their deaths, he must come together with a deadly assassin (Mila Kunis) who is also out to avenge the death of a family member, her sister. We also have a look at his body-count. [FSR]

Mark Wahlberg in Max Payne

And we have our first official look at Audrey Tautou as Coco Chanel. In an orphanage, silently standing next to a perfectly made bed, is a frail and slender ten year old girl with thick black hair. Gabrielle Chanel, known as Coco, and her many lives. The story of the path taken by Coco from her obscure beginnings to the blinding lights of Paris. (Casty the Clown)

Audrey Tautou, Coco Chanel

Next up we have a photo of Megan Fox in the Diablo Cody-penned horror film Jennifer’s Body. Fox plays the title character, Jennifer), a cheerleader possessed by a demon who starts feeding off the boys in a Minnesota farming town. [badandugly]

Megan Fox in Jennifer's Body

Next up is Adam Brody in Jennifer’s Body. Brody plays Nikolai, a hot lead singer of an up-and-coming rock band with a penchant for evil. [justjared]

Adam Brody in Jennifer's Body

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