Posted on Thursday, February 11th, 2010 by Peter Sciretta
The Rock/Double Jeopardy screenwriters Douglas Cook and David Weisberg are attached to write a a big screen adaptation of the first-person shooter time-travel war video game Darkest of Days. Joe Roth (Alice in Wonderland, Knight & Day) is producing and CAA is currently shopping the project to the hollywood studios.
In Darkest of Days the player controls Alexander Morris, a soldier fighting in General Custer’s army during the Battle of Little Big Horn at the beginning of the game. After Custer is killed and Morris is wounded he is suddenly rescued by a man in futuristic armor and taken through a strange portal. Morris then awakens in the headquarters of Kronotek, an organization that has managed to develop time travel technology and is apparently dedicated to researching and protecting history. A Kronotek higher-up known as “Mother” tells Morris that the organization’s founder has gone missing and disturbances have started appearing through history, causing individuals that have played key roles in history to be placed in danger, and tasks Morris with helping Kronotek restore history.
The game, developed by 8monkey Labs and published by Phantom EFX in September 2009 for the X Box 360, takes the player back in time into historic battles in an effort to save key individuals from certain death in order to save the continuity of history. For example, according to Wiki, “the battles range from Custer’s Last Stand at the Battle of the Little Bighorn in 1876 to fighting in Pompeii as ash and fire rain down from an erupting Mt. Vesuvius in 79 AD.”
I haven’t played the video game, but it seems to be getting lackluster reviews (47% on Game Rankings). The concept seems solid, and anyone who knows me knows that I’m interested in any story which involves time travel.
You can watch a trailer from the video game below: