Apocalypse Now game in the works?

Nascent developer Killspace Entertainment registers domain name ApocalypseNowGame.com; could an adaptation of Francis Ford Coppola's acclaimed 1979 film be coming soon to a console near you?

Electronic Arts may have scored critical success with The Godfather in 2006, but it still drew the ire of the venerated film's director Francis Ford Coppola. Soon, the famed filmmaker may have another of his acclaimed works turned into a game. Game-industry sleuthing blog Superannuation has uncovered evidence that Los Angeles, California-based Killspace Entertainment is making a game based on Coppola's 1979 war epic Apocalypse Now.

Insert "The horror! The horror!" joke here.

As noted by Superannuation, Killspace has registered the domain name ApocalypseNowGame.com. The studio has also laid claim to the URL WarIsNotAGame.net.

Inspired by Joseph Conrad's bleak 19th-century novella Heart of Darkness, Coppola's Apocalypse Now is set during the Vietnam War. The plot follows US Special Ops officer Benjamin L. Willard (played by Martin Sheen), who has been sent to kill his rogue colleague Walter E. Kurtz (played by Marlon Brando). Though it achieved substantial critical acclaim upon its 1979 debut, the film was beset by filming and production issues, inspiring the critically acclaimed documentary Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker's Apocalypse.

Though Killspace has yet to officially announce its presence on the gaming scene, LinkedIn profiles indicate that the studio formed in 2009. The studio boasts talent from a number of big-name developers, including Obsidian Entertainment, Pandemic Studios, EALA, and Red 5. The studio's LinkedIn profile also indicates that it is working on "an original IP with a major publisher and a licensed IP to be announced."

"We take the best practices from games, film, and television to create incredible narrative-driven content and killer brands," reads the company's overview. "The Bottom Line: we aim to make the most arresting content by working with top-level talent at every position and challenging assumptions." The studio's profile also indicates that its focus is on first- and third-person "action, horror, and sci-fi" games.

Requests for comment sent to the studio had not been returned as of press time.

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61 comments
AngelCage-2
AngelCage-2

godfather was at best a mediocre game to me... good but too repetitive. I prefeer Mafia

PumpkinBoogie
PumpkinBoogie

Y'know...out of this whole article--other than them mentioning Mr. Coppola's name--not one place makes a mentioned of this publisher having talked w/ him about this. We all know he didn't necessarily jump for joy when 'The Godfather' was turned into a game by EA. I can only imagine how he will react to this--specially if they make all too FPS-centric. Granted I know the subject of the Vietnam War has been one that few have taken on the video game (w/ good reason, as it NOT one of the most favorite wars that people like tackling); but I'm not sure it would be a good idea to use the film--and a 30+ yr old one, at that--as any sort of reference material on that time (though I'm Coppola did his own through research and personal experience of living through those times). I'm w/ others when I say they should just have gone about making a Vietnam game from scratch, not trying to tie it into anything 'Hollywood' related--if not for the respect of Coppola, at least out respect for all the Vietnam vets.

Glade_Gnarr
Glade_Gnarr

The godfather was pretty fun, maybe this will be too.

Paul2004
Paul2004

Now this is unexpected, a game about a 30 year old movie (Dont get me wrong, i liked that movie but why ???). If they really wanna make a Vietnam game them they could easily make one themselfs, why use a movies basis for it. Not sure how this could go, its confusing

cube-gage
cube-gage

we do need a decent vietnam game, and it might turn out to be good if they can resist the temption to turn it into a shooter or shooter/free roaming game. If they do it they need to make a masterpiece that breaks he mould and not just another fps with afew movie quotes and set pieces.

DragonsCrest50
DragonsCrest50

Err how they going to turn the film into a video game? Willard hardly ever engaged with the vietnamese soldiers, maybe just the once on the river. A video game of Apocalypse Now wont be able to portray the real morals of the movie by just having you run around and shoot. I hope the video games developers and publishers just leave it alone! Let the movie be remembered for what it is

AuronTsubaki85
AuronTsubaki85

Electronic Arts better think twice & speak with Coppola first before making it into a game.

Curbee
Curbee

Well I just lost all respect for the video game industry. How the hell would an Apocalypse Now game work anyway? The video game industry needs to leave these classic films alone (The Godfather and Scarface games were nothing more than lame cash-ins on the movies' and GTA's popularity) But I doubt an Apocalypse Now game will ever happen. Remember how pissed off Coppola was when The Godfather game came out? Well the difference is that Paramount owns the rights to The Godfather and they licensed it to EA but Coppola himself owns the rights to Apocalypse Now through his Zoetrope company.

Rottenwood
Rottenwood

@SicklySunStorm Sad but true. Especially when you consider the fact that a traditional action game goes COMPLETELY against the spirit and idea of the film. It would be like making a Dr. Strangelove game that glamorizes nuclear combat. Yikes, I shouldn't give these cats any ideas. Everyone deserves a chance, so I guess I'll wait and see before I get too snarky. But I ain't optimistic.

Nodashi
Nodashi

It's a bittersweet announcement to me. I love that movie so much pretty much anything that has any relation to it drawns my attention, but that also means pretty much ANYTHING they make based on it is bound to disappoint me. Well, if it DOESN'T disappoint me... it's gonna be the best game ever.

SicklySunStorm
SicklySunStorm

@Rottenwood - totally right as usual dude... the potential, the brand name and an excellent existing story is all there.... ready to be completely ruined and forgotten to make way for a ten-a-penny fragfest. with some Beatles music in the background "because it's sixties". *tchoh* if anything I would say you were wrong on one point Rottenwood - odds of it turning out decent,(!) - add a couple more zeros to that 20,000 and we'll see where we are(!) ha ha

blakeney
blakeney

Rottenwood, i agree, and think that it will be an exelent game from in a artistic angle. But like with any games that do this, it will no doubt have outcrys by worryied parents ect! "Why cant all games be nice and innocent like that cod game johnny plays?"

Kan0nF0dder
Kan0nF0dder

Meh, great movie does not = great game. And let's be honest, it's not gonna translate to the game world like Goldeneye or something.

Mickleohb
Mickleohb

@ MrHatnClogs- You're acting as if pretty much all big movies aren't turned into bad games already... But I kind of doubt this will be that great. They could do a decent job reimagining it but I doubt it will be able to capture the moral questions of the movie and book (Heart of Darkness)

MrHatnClogs
MrHatnClogs

Maybe this is payback for the way Hollywood has exploited and milked videogame movies over the years. How do you like it now Hollywood!!!!

kamizuka
kamizuka

@Miroku_of_Nite1 i dislike your avatar may i ask why did you chose it?

chaoticchild555
chaoticchild555

@ BTroxell What the hell!? It's one of the best war dramas ever! It had such a terrible, saddening outlook on life. You're young... aren't you...

Vegeta81300
Vegeta81300

When I saw the title, I was thinking of a Carmageddon game for some reason. LOL! I was getting excited too!

Rottenwood
Rottenwood

A, um, curious choice for a game adaptation, to put it mildly. If they go more for BioShock than Modern Warfare, it might not be as awful as we fear. If I might be a complete and utter lunatic optimist, maybe they'll even use this as a chance to deconstruct the war game mentality with a brilliant design that highlights the utter insanity of the killfests we enjoy so much. Imagine a game that explores the savage aspects of combat and the human soul, rather than celebrating them... could be an amazing artistic opportunity. Odds of this being done, and done well: 20,000-to-1.

BTroxell
BTroxell

Anyone else agree that Apocalypse Now is probably the worst best movie of all time? I love it when jack***** say how much they love it.

Miroku_of_Nite1
Miroku_of_Nite1

Well Farcry 2 was sort of Apocalypse Now the game. Or really there was a lot of references.

newb16
newb16

I hope all movie game tie ins FAIL. Oh wait they already have, how unfortunate.

The_Ps2_Devil
The_Ps2_Devil

Nooo, please don't ruin the greatness that is Apocalypse Now by transforming it into what is bound to be a sub par game. Apocalypse Now was great because of its dialogue and feeling of loneliness that it portrayed to the viewer, not because of its action. Unless, as a previous poster mentioned, it is done in some way similar to Heavy Rain or the like, and DONE WELL there really is no way to capture that which is Apocalypse Now into a game. Why don't developers just realize that some forms of media are just not meant to be transported between different mediums!?

ralphikari
ralphikari

Apocalypse Now was too mythical for me to understand as a kid, but I still have an impression that a game adoption would be difficult.

TC_Squared
TC_Squared

I can't see how this would even work. Apocalypse Now was a drama-war movie, not an action-war movie. How do gamers play the drama of Apocalypse Now? For example, probably the most classic part of the movie was six minutes of Marlon Brando speaking. How do you "play" that? Unless they are going to make it like Heavy Rain.

R7_3
R7_3

Why would they butcher a classic movie like Apocalypse Now? It seems kinda random to me.

dakan45
dakan45

Well, Heart of evil, a half life mod is practicly a Apocalypse now game. I higly reccomend trying it out.

firehawk998
firehawk998

Apocalypse now the movie :- a timeless classic, the video game version :- meh!!!!!!!!!

FidelSarcastro
FidelSarcastro

I love the smell of movie based games in the morning... It smells like FAIL

Dark_MetalSonic
Dark_MetalSonic

wasnt there already a game based on Apocalypse Now, Spec Ops: The Line

Asseen0nTV
Asseen0nTV

I enjoy the "killer brands" comment. It let's you know what the company is really about. ..Quality... I suspect this will be the last time we hear of this game until someone happens across a copy at the bottom of a bargain bin.

Generic_Dude
Generic_Dude

Apocalypse Now is one of my favorite movies of all time... but just because a movie is great, that doesn't mean it would make a great video game.

rangeraa
rangeraa

@Toysoldier34 Really? I honestly have trouble believing you actually thought Apocalypse Now has anything to do with wastelands and nuclear fallout. You should do yourself a favour and immediately go and watch the movie.

TheArcade
TheArcade

Header: Hey! That's the name of the stage from Capcom's X-Men versus Street Fighter on Arcade/Playstation/Sega Saturn. The same stage where you fight Apocalypse. Vile name stealers!

lamprey263
lamprey263

it'd have to be loosely based off the movie to work, otherwise you'll just be watching everything happening

punkpunker
punkpunker

sad that marlon brando isn't here to play this role

Pablo620
Pablo620

OMG please no great things of the past need to be left in their timeless glory

Barighm
Barighm

Funny thing is...if they did somehow turn the game into a fantastic piece of drama that accurately portrays the horrors of war, the emotions of the people who lived it, and basically managed to achieve a level of quality equivalent to the movie...everyone would just bash it for being an interactive movie.

AlmightyMax
AlmightyMax

I'm quite surprised by the number of people who seem to think this game has something to do with the apocalypse. Read the article. VIETNAM WAR.

xdude85
xdude85

This doesn't smell like victory to me. Do we really need another game based off of a great movie?

prostar343
prostar343

Noooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo

EdensFall
EdensFall

Ummmm... Toysoldier34, Apocalypse Now is a Vietnam era war epic... it has nothing to do with the apocalypse... so what are you talking about?

freema
freema

Theoretically there is 99% chance that it will just be generic FPS where you, an invincible gung ho mercenary Jim, shoot your way up the fictional Nung River and into the remote Cambodian jungle where you shoot some more for no particular reason. But then there is a remote 1% that it will be a new IP that won't smell, unlike last week's leftover ravioli, which you know you shouldn't... but still eat because it's the last edible thing in your fringe.

monson21502
monson21502

rather have a STAND game. M,O,O,N that spells game :lol:

Toysoldier34
Toysoldier34

I'm kind of apocalypsed out by now. Most games and movies now all seem to be in some kind of wasteland or war torn land. I loved Uncharted 2 because you spend time in lots of different locations most of which use color. I love Fallout 3 but it just gets old because everything is so bland and familiar. More originality please.

jimmyzeke13
jimmyzeke13

I love the smell of napalm in the morning.