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RobBo
26-04-04, 12:27
The fate of video games when picked up by filmmakers is a traditionally woeful subject.

A new wave of adaptations seems to be both resurrecting the old concerns but perhaps offering a ray of hope.

Recent offerings in the genre - Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life and Paul Anderson's Resident Evil - have not exactly been classy but, significantly, they made money.

Anderson for one has a knack of turning out glossy pseudo-Hollywood productions made largely in Germany for a fraction of the price of the US blockbusters he is aping.

Now it looks like Samus Aran, the heroine of Metroid Prime, is making her way to the silver screen, courtesy of John Woo, who has optioned the film rights.

A recent story in The New York Times featured a picture of Woo playing Splinter Cell in his office.

In 2003, the veteran filmmaker also formed a games company, Tiger Hill. He is working on a title for Sega which he hopes to adapt as a movie.

For Woo; "It only makes sense to bridge the gap between filmmaker and game developer." It is all just the "entertainment industry".

One of these days, someone has just got to make a decent video game movie - how about Peter Jackson doing Zelda?

However, such rhetoric is not very reassuring. German filmmaker Uwe Boll has long rabbited on about his enthusiasm for games and his passion to realise them on the big screen.

Why then was his House Of The Dead movie such a mess?

It is worrying then that Boll is about to unleash an Alone In The Dark movie on the unsuspecting world, while he also has Blood Rayne and Far Cry movies in pre-production.

Elsewhere in the industry, games as diverse as Dead Or Alive, Driver and Silent Hill, among others, are getting the movie treatment.

Dead Or Alive, from Impact Pictures (that is Anderson's lot again) raises the spectre of the Mortal Kombat and Street Fighter movies, but with more boobage.

Silent Hill, meanwhile, could not possibly hope to achieve the nightmarish extremes of the game.

But if director Christophe Gans, the man behind Brotherhood Of The Wolf, has been paying attention to recent Japanese and Korean horror cinema he could have a fair attempt.

And Anderson is going to be at the helm for the Driver movie too, which is supposedly being fast-tracked for release this year.

At least it is a game with very cinematic influences to start with, so the transition may not be so painful.

With Prime being one of the best games of 2003, a Metroid movie is potentially an exciting prospect.

But so far, Woo's only foray into sci-fi was the disastrous Paycheck. And as Judge Dredd proved, filmmakers are not keen to keep the iconic elements of mysterious characters intact.

Will we see Samus helmetless and out of her power suit? Will it just be another tired Aliens clone?

One of these days, someone has just got to make a decent video game movie. How about Peter Jackson doing Zelda? Now that would be promising

Edit: Sorry! nearly forgot!...Source BBCi

[ 26. April 2004, 13:29: Message edited by: RobBo ]

Scottlee
26-04-04, 13:48
It all depends for me whether or not I was interested in the original computer game. For instace, I hated the Super Mario Bros and Streetfighter films because a)I wasn't interested in the games, and b)they were naff films anyway.

However, I enjoyed Lara Croft : Tomb Raider and Resident Evil because I'm a big fan of the games. Whether or not I would have enjoyed them had I not been is something I will never know. Most people who have seen these films on the back of never having touched the games, though, seem to think they're pretty poor, so maybe I would be in their boat. I don't know.

The trouble with most game to film adaptations is that they never stick rigidly enough to the original storyline ideas. Tomb Raider on a film screen would have been potentially fantastic if they had used the plot for Tomb Raider 2, or to a lesser degree, 1,3, or 4. Instead though they conjured up some lame thing to do with a time-changing device coupled with an angst ridden tale of missing one's father, and it wasn't all that good. Similarly, the Resident Evil script tossed out the Stars concept, the main character names, the mansion, the giant spiders, and so on and so on. This made the film less effective.

I fear greatly for the forthcoming Silent Hill production. The game is fantastic, but the plot from that title needs to be faithfully stuck to, otherwise we're going to get a rubbish film. Additionally, film-makers need to stop slapping 12 and 15 certificates on horror films and cutting down the gore-intended. Silent Hill is meant to be an orgy of horrific images and general unhappiness. It's not meant to have larger than life weapons and big groups of survivors running around together, one of which is a big-boobed and largely characterless Dawson's Creek reject who ends up getting it on with the male lead.

[ 26. April 2004, 14:51: Message edited by: Scottlee ]

RobBo
26-04-04, 15:41
Originally posted by Scottlee:

I fear greatly for the forthcoming Silent Hill production. Exactly, http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/thumb.gif hence:

Silent Hill, meanwhile, could not possibly hope to achieve the nightmarish extremes of the game. Silent Hill is not an action aventure par se it is a psychological adventure whereby the effect comes from gameplay in a generally traumatic environment.

A film version is going to be little more than that. A film version, and very probably a naff one at that.

bumb1ebee
26-04-04, 23:52
I don't remember a Resident Evil movie.... :confused: Where was I?

RobBo
27-04-04, 00:01
Originally posted by bumb1ebee:
I don't remember a Resident Evil movie.... :confused: Where was I?Hi bumb1ebee http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/wave.gif .
There were actually TWO Resident Evil movies that you missed! http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/clown.gif

Duffman
27-04-04, 00:17
Originally posted by RobBo:
</font><blockquote>quote:</font><hr />Originally posted by bumb1ebee:
I don't remember a Resident Evil movie.... :confused: Where was I?Hi bumb1ebee http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/wave.gif .
There were actually TWO Resident Evil movies that you missed! http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/clown.gif </font>[/QUOTE]calm down... the second one isnt out yet roBbo... 2004 release i believe...

I bought the first one on DVD just a few months ago - its a top flick - and milla is a great actress... cant wait for the second :D :D :D

mr_croft79
27-04-04, 00:23
Originally posted by RobBo:
</font><blockquote>quote:</font><hr />Originally posted by bumb1ebee:
I don't remember a Resident Evil movie.... :confused: Where was I?Hi bumb1ebee http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/wave.gif .
There were actually TWO Resident Evil movies that you missed! http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/clown.gif </font>[/QUOTE]

mr_croft79
27-04-04, 00:25
I have not seen the first one, and I have not heard of a second one coming out this year!?!?! But sounds good!!
;)

RobBo
27-04-04, 00:27
Hi Duffman! http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/wave.gif

OOPS! Once again, I am trying to do ten things at once and getting now-where! http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/clown.gif

Hope this makes amends! APOCALYPSE (http://www.sonypictures.com/movies/residentevilapocalypse/) http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/thumb.gif

TheEveningStar
27-04-04, 00:38
I saw the first RE and I own the DVD. I can't wait for the 2nd. http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/jumper.gif

It would be cool if they can make another mario movie, and a Zelda movie! http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/thumb.gif

Duffman
27-04-04, 00:43
Originally posted by RobBo:
Hi Duffman! http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/wave.gif

OOPS! Once again, I am trying to do ten things at once and getting now-where! http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/clown.gif

Hope this makes amends! APOCALYPSE (http://www.sonypictures.com/movies/residentevilapocalypse/) http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/thumb.gif thats cool mate - yeah, ive been keeping up with my resident evil news - i luv the little trailer in the window that pops up about re2... great "advertisement"... who wants to buy "regenerate" after seeing that... hehehe

mr_croft79
27-04-04, 00:46
Originally posted by TheEveningStar:
I saw the first RE and I own the DVD. I can't wait for the 2nd. http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/jumper.gif

It would be cool if they can make another mario movie, and a Zelda movie! http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/thumb.gif I think a Zelda Movie would Rock!!!!
;)

mr_croft79
27-04-04, 00:47
Hey isn't Zelda an Elf?? I think Orlando Bloom would fit the role perfectly!!!!
;)

RobBo
27-04-04, 00:50
Originally posted by Duffman:
i luv the little trailer in the window that pops up about re2... great "advertisement"... who wants to buy "regenerate" after seeing that... hehehe...and of course, I sat here for a full thirty seconds wondering WTF this had to do with RE2....! http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/whistle.gif