E3 2008: Inafune, Arad, and Hayter talk Lost Planet film

Capcom dedicates its entire press conference to a panel about the upcoming silver screen adaptation of its sci-fi action game.

Before Capcom's E3 Media & Business Summit press conference, a number of the publisher's big announcements had already been made. Microsoft spilled the brains on Resident Evil 5's March 13, 2009 release date during its own press conference, while Variety reported on a movie deal for Capcom's Lost Planet series.

So what aces has the publisher kept up its sleeve? There's still the matter of two mystery projects the publisher has slated to debut at the show, one of which might be in development at a European studio using Epic Games' Unreal Engine 3. And when exactly will Street Fighter IV or Super Street Fighter II Turbo HD Remix arrive? Will Dead Rising ever get a sequel?

At least some of these questions should be answered today at Capcom's press briefing, which is scheduled to begin at 4:30 p.m. PT. Check back here for a live blog of all the action.

[5:08] Capcom started its press conference late, but made up for that in part by quickly getting into the brass tacks and confirming the Lost Planet movie deal.

[5:08] A production team of eight creators are brought to the stage, headlined by ex-Marvel chief creative officer Avi Arad and screenwriter/voice of Solid Snake David Hayter.

[5:09] Arad says the game is perfect and has all the pieces of a hit movie, from a reluctant hero to a betrayal and an issue close to everybody's hearts due to recent world events: energy.

[5:10] Arad has worked with Hayter before on the X-Men films and emphasizes his belief that Hayter is the man to bring Lost Planet to the big screen. Arad starts to say he's sure there will be more Lost Planet games, then catches himself and says "I think" there will be more games.

[5:11] Arad passes the floor to Hayter, who talks about the genesis of the project. He said Arad brings him projects from time to time, and he always considers them seriously because of Arad's recommendation. He played Lost Planet and said he was blown away, especially with the depiction of a world that came out of an energy crisis on the losing end.

[5:12] Hayter also talks about how much he loves the arctic setting, citing his love of John Carpenter's remake of The Thing, and saying today's technology should allow them to do that on a much larger scale.

[5:13] Hayter introduces Ari Arad, president of Arad Productions and son of Avi. Lost Planet was one of the first next-gen games he played, and he felt right out the gate like he was playing something special.

[5:14] He quickly passes to Lost Planet creator Keiji Inafune, who says through a translator that he originally conceived of the game because he wanted a project that would become a Hollywood movie.

[5:15] Making something good enough to deserve a Hollywood movie was the development team's driving motivation during the making of Lost Planet, Inafune said.

[5:16] He adds that the team put movie-friendly elements into the game intentionally, like a love story, breathtaking vistas, and giant robots.

[5:17] [Correction: The panel is seven creators and a translator.]

[5:19] Inafune talks about the creative process, working with Avi, and hearing his thoughts on how to bring the movie to the silver screen. He adds that Avi is the person who understands this game the most of the film industry people he's discussed the matter with.

[5:20] The Lost Planet creator said the staff put a lot of blood, sweat, and tears into the game, and the entire team is looking forward to helping make the transition to film a successful one.

[5:21] He adds that he's delighted about Hayter's participation, and talks about how important it is to have someone that understands movies as well as games working on the project. The fact he speaks Japanese is also a plus.

[5:22] Inafune expresses how lucky he is to work with Arad and Hayter. Even though the movie isn't done yet, he feels like he's already achieved one of his dreams.

[5:23] Next up is Steven Paul, chairman and CEO of Seaside Entertainment. He also holds the same position in another gaming-friendly production company, Crystal Sky Entertainment.

[5:26] Paul recaps Arad's bit about Lost Planet's suitability to a movie adaptation, and then introduces the crowd to his "brother" and founder of GAGA Communications Tetsu Fujimura.

[5:26] Fujimura talks about how in previous years, Hollywood didn't pay enough attention to Japanese properties when it came to film adaptations. Now he says that's changing, and says it will be the biggest adaptation film of a game ever.

[5:27] Next up is Haruhiro Tsujimoto, president and chief operating officer of Capcom Ltd. Speaking through the translator, he mentions the Street Fighter and Resident Evil adaptations. Having found success with those films, the publisher is now looking to turn more of its properties into movies.

[5:29] Tsujimoto emphasizes Arad's understanding of the game, and says he's honored to work with him. He brings up Arad's success in bringing comic series to films. Capcom is aiming not only to turn the Lost Planet franchise into a movie, but to develop new games with the strategy of expanding into films in mind.

[5:30] Tusjimoto thanks the crowd, and the panel gets a round of applause.

[5:31] That appears to be it for the conference, as the crowd is thanked for attending and the lights are raised.

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54 comments
irelevent
irelevent

Lost Planet was a good story (cinematic indeed). film-worthy, far beyond 80% of what is made in hollywood today.(The bland, boring, and otherwise stupid movies that come out each day, and then no one likes them). It's really sad to see a film stink because of terrible stories, then hollywood stops making that Genre of movie, just because a CRAP movie was made. wow i just got off track, anyway, i think it would be good.

Macgyver40
Macgyver40

Man i hate when they do this make movies from video games

grambyte
grambyte

Euhm, so when's the Capcom news comming?

Hungry_bunny
Hungry_bunny

The story of Lost Planet wasn't that special... but I'm interested in learning more.

jmartin1016
jmartin1016

What about gaming... anything about gaming CAPCOM? You are a game company right?

ctg867
ctg867

Weak sauce. What a lame conference.

lamprey263
lamprey263

@Foppe_ RE: Wii "Dead Rising"?!?! Yeah, I heard that too. I don't understand though because I thought Microsoft paid Capcom a load of money to keep the series X360 exclusive. I guess it must have been a timed exclusive.

Foppe
Foppe

Famitsu seems to have confirmed Dead Rising Wii o_O

felshs
felshs

No body gonna watch that crap

razgriz_101
razgriz_101

seems like capcoms keeping the big announcements for TGS.lets hope the Lost planet films turn out good.

javierkatana
javierkatana

So Capcom pays 5 million to be at E3 and we get this, The best arcade game studio/publisher can offer is "david hayter on ice", no offense i like the guys voice, but Capcom... im dissapointed.

Spincut
Spincut

So david hayter gets to act in movies, write movie, help adapt video games into film, and do video game voices? I dont know what he did to earn his stripes.....but I kind of hate him.....

carstairs
carstairs

A film? I'd see it, but I wouldn't expect much.

brannon789
brannon789

wow, that game had a downright awful story.

combatsoldier
combatsoldier

I hope the movie turns out good. Good luck guys.

Tactis
Tactis

dang...that was pretty bad

NeoNavarro
NeoNavarro

I forced my self to beat lost planet for the 360. Lost Planet was not Capcoms greatest achievement. I found the story to be decent but a little dry and rough around the edges. But, I will admit I am very curious to see what David Hayter will bring to the movie.

gnbfd
gnbfd

What the mother ******* ****? All we get is a Lost Planet movie? BS!

bannermanner
bannermanner

Wait, Lost Planet's story was balls. The game was good, but not the story. That being said, I'm interested to see what Hayter will bring to the table.

-Twilight-
-Twilight-

It would really suck if Capcom's games all end up being made with the idea of a Hollywood script in mind. Trying to make everything look cinematic in order to make a transfer to the big screen easier would only take away from the experience. For instance, think of Metal Gear Solid, but EVER MORE cut scenes, or less game play....ugh.

gojays
gojays

is that it?????????? ....what a joke...

motionxsickness
motionxsickness

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azizalbaker
azizalbaker

That's it? I thought there was more........

SaintJotun
SaintJotun

That's pretty sorry. I was hoping for a 360 Onimusha...

crunchb3rry
crunchb3rry

OMG! Worst E3 ever. It's like there's a competition to see who can deliver the least of information that the media shows up for.

Magrino
Magrino

Capcom officially pulled a Konami.

TheNumber_12
TheNumber_12

Capcom does know that E3 is a games convention right? not a movie convention

lamprey263
lamprey263

So no official word on Dead Rising or Lost Planet sequels? Damn!! Oh well, I hope RE5 is enough to hold me off.

felshs
felshs

MONSTER HUNTER 2 G !!!!!!!!! they better bring it to america or I, will forever hate capcom

dendae_2
dendae_2

capcom has known to shine at these events heres to tonight being no expection . relax have fun.

Alecker
Alecker

The Lost Planet may be a wonderfull movie. And yes i´m waiting some news from Street Fighter 4 and Street Fighter HD Remix

BUAKAW_PP
BUAKAW_PP

can't wait for street fighter baby!

UltraZero
UltraZero

The conference just began. Give it some time.