Posted on Tuesday, June 29th, 2010 by Russ Fischer
Update: Risky Business contacted Radar exec Mike Weber who claims this rumor is not true but jokes “it’s starting to sound like a good idea for a movie.”
Briefly: I haven’t played the Facebook game Mafia Wars, so I can’t offer any insight into how it might become a movie. (I’ve hidden all Mafia Wars actions in my feed, so I don’t even see the game any longer.) But Pajiba is reporting that the popular social networking app is making the leap to the big screen, with Ted Field and Radar Pictures sending the project out to writers. Let’s see who they get — I wouldn’t have expected anything out of a Lego movie, either, before Phil Lord and Chris Miller were hired.
Still, the easy assumption is that this will lead to a pretty generic mob movie in which one guy starts off small and builds a ladder to power out of the dead bodies of his competitors. Think a seriously watered down Goodfellas, with a video game slant. Where’s the ‘dislike’ button?