Deadwood creator penning Heavy Rain movie - Report

Hollywood insider site Variety reports HBO Western creator David Milch adapting Quantic Dream's PS3 exclusive for silver screen.

When Quantic Dream's Heavy Rain makes the jump from the small screen to the big screen with a feature film adaptation, it will do so with the help of a writer making a similar transition.

Heavy Rain will fall from the mind of Milch.

According to Hollywood trade site Variety, TV writer and producer David Milch--creator of HBO's Deadwood and cocreator of NYPD Blue--will pen the film adaptation for Heavy Rain, simply titled Rain. As was noted in May, Unique Features will produce the film led by Bob Shaye and Michael Lynne. Milch will begin writing for the Heavy Rain flick once he finishes work on the first season of HBO's Luck.

"David Milch's incredible ability to transform intense and complex storylines into gripping popular drama makes him the perfect partner for us to have on Heavy Rain," Shaye said.

Heavy Rain was developed by Quantic Dream, the Paris-based shop behind 2005's Indigo Prophecy (aka Fahrenheit) for the PC, PlayStation 2, and Xbox. Like that critically acclaimed title, Heavy Rain eschews normal game genres for a more cinematic approach, focusing on complex storytelling and emotion via realistic graphics. Heavy Rain involves the pursuit of a mysterious serial murderer, with players controlling several characters who must collect clues in a film-noir-style setting to crack the case.

Since being released nearly a year ago, Quantic Dream's Heavy Rain has won critical praise, reportedly sold more than 1.5 million units, and welcomed the Taxidermist downloadable content.

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Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and would like to see the Whalers return to Hartford.

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Dreski83
Dreski83

Of all games to adapt the movie approach, a murder mystery with numerous main characters seems like the best bet. At least they got a solid guy working on it too... I look forward to hearing more about this in the future.

sleepychicken
sleepychicken

@ warhawk-geeby What? So I'm guessing by the thumbs down, if I didn't like Heavy Rain, I'm dumb? Maybe the story was ok for a video game, but there wasn't much game to it. If you're entire game is based purely on the story and quick time events, then the story needs to be really, really good. It wasn't. It was made for TV crime show level. Something from the SciFi network.

warhawk-geeby
warhawk-geeby

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Fma42081
Fma42081

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FlameRiser
FlameRiser

if they're gonna make a movie at least use the same actors from the game then i'll know it'll be worth watching

sleepychicken
sleepychicken

Good news. Had the game had people that knew how to right a good, cohesive story, I probably wouldn't have stopped playing before the end.

Heshertonfist
Heshertonfist

Fix the title. Heavy Rain is far more interesting than Rain.

Angel_Belial
Angel_Belial

Only question is...what choices will they go with?

GryphonICD
GryphonICD

@leviathanwing Aye, I know, but HBO tend to only air well written gritty style drama's and the alleged penman set to write the script also has written shows for HBO, hence my connection. I know it's a movie (says at the top). Cheers anyhow! I

MJ12-Conspiracy
MJ12-Conspiracy

@GameBeaten Technically I probably shouldn't have mentioned RE because I only like the first film in the series. Blame Paul WS Anderson, he directed the first film, came up with the script but when it came time to do the second film he did the script and handed director duties to someone else, the same thing he did for Mortal Kombat, Blade and Death Race.

Valacan
Valacan

They've better fix the plot holes regarding early Ethan behaviour then.

dantefenix
dantefenix

but heavy rain was already like watching a movie

leviathanwing
leviathanwing

@GryphonICD this is a movie... HBO has nothing to do with it. except supply former show creators/writers of tv shows that were on HBO. Unique Features is the production company.

Nihonjinjanai
Nihonjinjanai

Deadwood is awesome but......Why? Heavy Rain is already a movie. An interactive movie. Use your time to write a Deadwood movie to give us fans closure.

Nihonjinjanai
Nihonjinjanai

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GryphonICD
GryphonICD

The only problem with making a precise adaptation is giving away the spoiler of the game (which was pretty good). On the upside, I think if anyone can honour a game like Heavy Rain, which in itself is a hitchcockian style interactive movie, then it has to be HBO. It has to be one of the most atmospheric games of its time and deserve to be credited so will be interesting to see how the film develops.

warhawk-geeby
warhawk-geeby

*SPOILER ALERT* Got to disagree with a lot of you im afraid. Games like Heavy Rain deserve to be made in to films. It's not milking it at all. Heavy Rain will no doubt be nothing short of amazing, the story is deep and well written (unlike a lot of games nowadays that solely focus on multiplayer). The film will be awesome, that's not opinion, that's a fact right there. The ending will be sheer quality - finding out that Shelby is the killer? I reckon this could be a winner.

Taasi23
Taasi23

YES, YES, OH GOD YES!!! *ahem* I loved Heavy Rain, and Deadwood is (IMHO) the single greatest dramatice televised series in history. Even as I type, my copy Heavy Rain encased in an unfolding origami crane sits proudly atop my Ultimate Deadwood DVD, Shot Glass and Poker Chip set. I couldn't be happier with this turn of events. Now let's get to work on fixing Uncharted! :D

M3ran
M3ran

OMG lets all pray to the fact that heavy rain was only good for a video game,ihope they are not gonna ruin the game for the purpose of money!. why should they always mess around video games for the idea of movies,i think it is totally wrong.

Ozmodiar1
Ozmodiar1

Starring Mark Wahlberg as Jason.

akiwak
akiwak

Well at least we know the movie will have good dialogue, lets hope that a director that can piece it together well gets the job.

FoxxJ
FoxxJ

seriously? It sounds cool but I think the game was good enough, it was and still is amazing. Very interesting Idea though.

Pete5506
Pete5506

Its a neat idea since the game had a pretty great story, but I still don't think it should happen

GameBeaten
GameBeaten

@fetusfart18 That would be so ****ing sweet.

GameBeaten
GameBeaten

@MJ12-Conspiracy "most other films based on games usually get things wrong or try to reinvent the game to fit mainstream audiences and that's what kill these films....." Yet you still liked the Resident Evil movies? I'm just saying since the whole plot in the movies seems like it was made to appeal to mainstream audiences.

GameBeaten
GameBeaten

Heavy Rain was a damn good game. But in the the tradition of game-based movies, one has reason to worry about if it will be good. Plus, it's only going to be called "Rain?" Is there some reason for not using the full title? Also, since Heavy Rain was about choices and different scenes unfolding, I'm thinking there could be a few alternate endings on the eventual DVD/Blu-ray release.

shani_boy101
shani_boy101

With David Milch it sounds promising, but the whole point of Heavy Rain is that it was INTERACTIVE, everything you did made an impact on the story. A movie of this is pointless. They need to make a movie of something that would be amazing and work really well on the big screen, like Assassin's Creed.

cptpaper
cptpaper

hope they fix up the plot holes...otherwise, this is gonna be sweet!

MJ12-Conspiracy
MJ12-Conspiracy

I'd rather see a film based on Deus Ex, I heard there was some talks of a film for Deus Ex a few years ago but whoever was making it lost interest after DX: Invisible War came out. I'm mostly not interested in films based on games, I liked the first MK and RE films and I thought DOOM and Silent Hill was okay but most other films based on games usually get things wrong or try to reinvent the game to fit mainstream audiences and that's what kill these films.....

Stabby
Stabby

When the best thing about Heavy Rain is the control and choices, a film sounds redundant.

MEDzZ3RO
MEDzZ3RO

I love Heavy Rain, it's a masterpiece. But think about it, the story although good was largely made because of the controls. Take the controls away,which leaves the story; would it be a film worth watching? I'm not convinced but am looking forward to hearing more news about it.

Ex-DarkBlade
Ex-DarkBlade

They really should make Heavy Rain 2 or another game like Heavy Rain.

youngsexynerd
youngsexynerd

this is the type of game that could actually make a good movie!

gamingfrendly
gamingfrendly

not intrested in games movies or movies games

HellsAngel2c
HellsAngel2c

Not gonna see it. I already know the ending O_e it was JAYSUN!!!!

oneligas
oneligas

Heavy Rain is going to get the Hollywood Movie treatment which means bad acting/casting, distorted or "revised" plot/story, and watered down content so it gets the teen friendly PG-13 rating

fetusfart18
fetusfart18

This begs the question; Since the game characters were played by real actors, will those same actors reprise their roles for the movie?

cfwin
cfwin

Milch is definately a very talented writer, who can forget the wonderful soliloquies of Ian McShane but what necessitated the title change? "Heavy Rain" is a wonderful title with a lot of character so why change it for the plain "Rain"?

angelbless
angelbless

HR is a great game. I hope the movies honors it well :)

Goyoshi12
Goyoshi12

Well at least this will be maybe better than other game/movies. Seriously with the games like Mass Effect, Fallout, Grand Theft Auto, Shin Megami Tensei, Metal Gear Solid. Out of ALL the games in the world why would pick Doom, Mario, Prince of Persia, Alone in the Dark, Blood Rayne, and such. Hopefully with a deep story seen in Heavy Rain translated into films it should do good. ...right?

JustPlainLucas
JustPlainLucas

I don't see why this is necessary. Heavy Rain's already a movie anyway! :P

sulaymanqazi
sulaymanqazi

heavy rain...the best game i have ever played...the movie will rock and cant wait... your my favorite Quantic dream. i love ya guys.

PsychoRedFox666
PsychoRedFox666

Only problem I have is tying the story to one ending. The story was more personalized as a game. I think it would be hard to screw up though so I'm kinda looking forward to an adaptation.

RadicalToenail
RadicalToenail

Hopefully it will be done well. I think it will work better as a movie. Not saying that the game was bad, but it was trying too hard to be a movie and it kind of fell on its face in that aspect. Still a great game though.

zMd113
zMd113

There's no reason for this movie to happen, the game WAS the movie! Oh well, I hope they do it up good.