Fox culturing Spore movie

Ice Age studio, director turning EA and Maxis evolution-civilization-space exploration sim into computer-animated movie.

The month before Spore went on sale last September, its creator, Will Wright, said the triple-platinum game might expand into films. And though the famed designer has since left Electronic Arts, the Spore movie idea apparently lived on. Today, Variety reports that 20th Century Fox is indeed making a computer-generated movie based on the evolution-civilization-space exploration sim.

Expect some Ice Age-like characters like these in the Spore movie.

The project is in development at Fox's Blue Sky Studios, the studio behind the tepidly reviewed Ice Age movies. Ice Age director Chris Wedge will direct, with Greg Erb and Jason Oremland, who wrote Disney's upcoming The Princess and the Frog, penning the script.

"I'm always looking for unique worlds to go to in animation," Wedge told Variety. "From every perspective--visually, thematically, and comedically--the world of Spore provides the potential to put something truly original on the screen."

Patrick O'Brien, vice president of Electronic Arts' licensing arm EA Entertainment, will produce the Spore movie, along with Lucy Bradshaw, vice president of the game's developer, Maxis. Wright, who founded Maxis, left the EA-owned studio earlier this year to form an entertainment think tank, Stupid Fun Club.

Other EA movie projects in development include The Sims, also at 20th Century Fox, and Army of Two, Dead Space, Dante's Inferno, and Mass Effect.

Worldwide, the PC edition of Spore has sold 3.2 million units to date. It has also inspired a number of expansions, such as Spore Galactic Adventures, and spin-offs, including Spore Creatures (DS), Spore Hero Arena (DS), Spore Hero (Wii), Spore Origins (mobile), and Spore Creature Keeper (PC).

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224 comments
personman1234
personman1234

I really like the games but this is just going too far.

Giga-Goomba
Giga-Goomba

I doubt it will work. Gaming movies have been attempted before and most of them were Epic Fails. The only video game Movie that was any good was tomb raider. Although if they made a Halo film or Advance wars, Then I would be interested

Spike2118
Spike2118

They should make a Republic Commando movie not only was it an awesome game there is enough back story to make a good movie

bioghost
bioghost

Are the writers don't have enough creativity to release a good movie? Spore WTF!

xvuxboix
xvuxboix

What if this worked (too bad it won't)? How in god's name would they develop a sequel? What would there be to expand on? Moral - set long term goals, kids

lamprey263
lamprey263

How funny, Fox, part of the media conglomerate News Corp, who run news channels like Fox News, that cater to Christian fringe groups that deny evolution and believe the earth is 6000 years old... they of all people are buying up movie rights to a game about evolution!! Bwahahaha!!

shemrom
shemrom

Lovely, can't wait to see whats the story about.

melty3219
melty3219

Hollywood must be out of ideas if they are to go through with this -.-

fps_d0minat0r
fps_d0minat0r

turning a game into a movie = fail turning a movie into a game = fail i dont want to be watching the same thing i play. i dont want to be playing the same thing i watch. the ONLY ONE i would be interested is an uncharted movie........NOTHING ELSE.

AdamWriter
AdamWriter

@HitmanDante Mass Effect is done properly; as a video game.

The_Game_Jr
The_Game_Jr

To all gamers out here I just want to say that I notice something.... Isn't it strange that it seems that many (if not most) potentially good writers with good imaginations works on videogames than movies these days? Movie storylines these days are total rubbish compared to videogames. Writers get back to Hollywood!! Save the movies!!

HitmanDante
HitmanDante

I must admit, though, I'd go see Mass Effect, if it was done properly.

HitmanDante
HitmanDante

This is a bad idea, through and through. The Sims would also be a horrible movie idea. I'd like to meet the fool(s) who thought to himself, "Hey, these would be great ideas for movies, because they did reasonably well as video games. Why not a full-feature length film ?"

BattleSword1
BattleSword1

The reason videogames are unique is because they're videogames. If every game ever released was turned into a movie, everyone would want to watch them instead of play them, and thus there would be entirely no point. Hitman sucked, Doom sucked, All 3 Resident Evils sucked. Is there a connection here (that's what she said) or is it just me?

payne6705
payne6705

I hate when hollywood takes games and turns them into movies they are just horrible they can't compress 5-10 hours of gameplay into an hour and a half or 2 hour movie and expect the fans to enjoy it..its just not possible

spotty6
spotty6

i really cant wait to the infamous movie the ps3s first movie lol what happened to halo movie

danielwd
danielwd

a movie made with spore elements such as weird animals and aliens and vehicles would be good but a movie about spore will be terrible.

Icky27
Icky27

This is a reason why video game movies are terrible

MrHatnClogs
MrHatnClogs

@dewwy "So, if it was near impossible to get a good Halo movie off the ground... how the hell is there a spore movie in development?" Because Halo is more complex than Spore. Its like comparing District 9 to Ice Age 3.

bowlingotter
bowlingotter

Well, I guess when making a pointless and ridiculous movie based on a game with no plot, might as well throw in Mass Effect and ruin a good one while they're at it.

dewwy
dewwy

So, if it was near impossible to get a good Halo movie off the ground... how the hell is there a spore movie in development?

KittyHeart
KittyHeart

LOL @ the sims getting a movie, thats much worse than spore

Manhasted
Manhasted

Here's a small preview of how I think the movie is going to be. BOLOPBOLOP cell just evolved into civilization stage!!!!! Oh, look he grew legs. His face stays the same so that you would recognize the characters! My spaceship is cooler than your spaceship...it has wings. MINE HAS ROCKETS!!!!! Then random aliens defeat the grog and find out the ultimate meaning to life is 42. If it doesn't play out like that, THEN IT ISN'T SPORE!!!! So either way I think this concept is ridicilous and don't even get me started on sims. Sims is made to simulate life with infinite possibilities, so when you think about it...any non-action movie is like a preview of the sims movie (Why call it sims then?). I mean really!!!

lukas1051
lukas1051

I could understand how something like Uncharted or inFamous would work as a movie, but Spore? Spore?!

aChaChaCha
aChaChaCha

I'd prefer Disney Pixar to be at the helm really, since they can make a masterpiece out of any movie premise 8).

vaver16
vaver16

I thought it was funny when i read The Sims is getting a movie but Spore...wow!!

hot_shot_9
hot_shot_9

@ Mvozzy1 Lmao, a guitar hero movie would be so stupid XD

mvozzy1
mvozzy1

This is the last game I would pick to become a movie. lol at least there's not a guitar hero movie being/planed to be made lol

spike6958
spike6958

@t0taldj: Actully Viva Pinata started as a TV show, so a movie would be based on that and not the games. Also, did anyone even play Spore? i didn't so there would be no way i would watch a movie about it.

Malscyllis
Malscyllis

So what's the movie going to be about? random evolving creatures? soundsss...awesome :T

Vicius_Deus
Vicius_Deus

If this is the case I want a LBP movie next. *Sarcasm*

SocialAnXieTy
SocialAnXieTy

@ bennie12 "Screw you Hollywood idiots that can't write your own stuff. For God's sake at least get a game with a story." Wouldn't that mean that they are writing their own stuff? Sure, they're using the universe for this game which was created by someone else, but still.. they obviously have to write in their own story since this game is lacking one. Again, I think there are plenty of videogame IP's they could use that are miles better than this, but I still think you all should think about what you say before you say it. PREPARE FOR THUMBS DOWNS GALORE, YAAAYY.

Viral-venom13
Viral-venom13

"I'm always looking for unique worlds to go to in animation,".....If he claims this then why not make a movie off of say something quirky to spore like Ratchet and Clank or Conquer that fuzzy looking squirrel, lol, either of those ought to be spectacular provided they have a nice story to back them up as well as tight action. I think Ratchet and Clank can more make for a better film though since it has the comedy and action and out of this world weapons and places that the developer Insomniac normally showcase to it's audience in a family friendly like way!! :)

asm607
asm607

screw this they should make a metal gear solid movie....oh wait, they did. It was called MGS4.

t0taldj
t0taldj

wow...what's next? Viva Pinata

D3A7HJ0K3R
D3A7HJ0K3R

too many games are being turned into movies, i thought a video game was supposed to replicate a movies good story while allowing you to control the character(s). if all these games become movies, then what is the point buying the game?

x8VXU6
x8VXU6

Who wanted this?

imtubbs
imtubbs

really? ya know what i don't get here, alright, there TONS of games with amazing story lines, and now, shadow of the collosus ,and spore (they were both great games) are getting movies made out of them, when Shadow of the collosus had a beautiful story, it's only real part that made it a story was the beginning and end, and lets face it, the story line in general wasn't all that original (SAVE YOUR BELOVED!), though it had some beautiful side takes on the story... and well theres spore, do i even have to explain why that SHOULDN'T BE A MOVIE! considering theres no real storyline except about the creation and end of a civilization, which in any other cercumstances (as in it not being centered around the game spore) would have made a interesting storyline. C'mon movie people! pick something with a actuall good storyline, like umm... fable, Assassin's creed, possibly even Mass Effect BUT NOT SPORE!

Baramos6
Baramos6

SDBusDriver1979 There's a lot of pointless pc mmo's so i don't know what your saying. You got a case of the hypocrisy as well?

im-a-roustabout
im-a-roustabout

I can't friggin wait till they make a Katamari movie.