Heavenly Sword movie in the works, skipping theaters

Blockade Entertainment making direct-to-video CG-animated film based on Ninja Theory's action game; no release date announced.

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A Heavenly Sword movie is in production, though the film will skip a theatrical release.

Hollywood trade publication Variety reports that Blockade Entertainment is developing a direct-to-video CG-animated film based on Ninja Theory's action game.

The film company is also working on the Ratchet & Clank movie with Rainmaker Entertainment (Escape from Planet Earth), which will hit theaters in 2015.

Heavenly Sword launched in 2007 exclusively on PlayStation 3. The game's plot revolves around hero warrior Nariko battling to protect the blade of power from falling into the wrong hands.

King Bohan (voiced by Lord of the Rings actor Andy Serkis) is the main antagonist in the game, out to obtain the sword.

Discussion

74 comments
MaskRisen
MaskRisen

They should just make Heavenly Sword 2 for Ps4. I liked it. It was a bit too short, but it was a fun game. She is the female Kratos. I still have the little promo letter opener in the shape of her sword xD.

lexluis
lexluis

If It's based on a video game, no matter if is a theatrical or straight-to-video release, Hollywood will find the way to fuck it all up... that's what they do

natalieyan
natalieyan

good, and release a trophy patch tooooo!!!!!!!!

3D3
3D3

No trailer=never coming out just like the God of War movie and Shadow of Colossus movie that was supposedly in the works. Thank goodness that the Ratchet & Clank movie has a trailer so it definitely has a chance of coming out.

shuwar
shuwar

Though I'd love to see HS 2, I thik you're missing sth - the film is being made by Blockade Entertainment, NOT by Ninja Theory (the game's developer), so pleas for a sequel are not in place...

Jyakotu
Jyakotu

Interesting that Heavenly Sword is getting a movie, but there's only one game in the series, if you can call it that. And Nariko has only appeared in one other game. So a movie seems kind of randomly. Why not just make a sequel?

JRLennis
JRLennis

If it's not good enough for theaters, why should we care?

Fail.

davidsworld3
davidsworld3

What a stupid idea...wouldn't they have made a lot more money making another fantastic game?  Damn I haven't played it since I first got my ps3...

Skrilla_XS
Skrilla_XS

I love Nariko. But let me continue her story interactively. Not one so much for game movies.

Sheepsquad
Sheepsquad

I found the Dragon Age movie to be lacking. I rather have a dlc that takes place in the famed Orlais city than a campy animated movie.

SavoyPrime
SavoyPrime

Can I get a sequel for the game tho?

ikillaman
ikillaman

I say take the money they were going to use to make the movie and make Heavenly Sword 2.

Poodger
Poodger

I never bother with straight to dvd movies, especially cg ones.

Hurvl
Hurvl

A lot of game based movies are in production and I don't know why this trend has started now. I like movies and I like games, so perhaps I'll like some of these, but it feels like everyone and their grandmother is making game based movies.

RSM-HQ
RSM-HQ

I hoped the rumours pointed to a game sequel, instead we have a game animation. If anything like Tekken and Disgaea animated? It's better left in the dark.

longestsprout
longestsprout

As always, could be good. But really, what are the chances?

Ovirew
Ovirew

I still haven't made it past like the second level of this game.  Controlling those arrows is tough.  >>;

GodGundamNT1
GodGundamNT1

The story in Heavenly Sword makes a perfect idea for a movie definetly looking forward to this, too bad Ninja Theory made the story in the game seem like it was over and they never went back to making PS3 exclusive titles... definetly hope this game gets a sequel for PS4, I still have my copy of Heavenly Sword funny enough...never sold it.

DarthLod
DarthLod

This game really needs a sequel on PS4!!!

CaptainGamespot
CaptainGamespot

it's a sony ip. its not a ninja theory ip. article can confuse users that dont udnerstand, thats because the writer may not understand or care. sony is wanting heavenly sword and ratchet to have movies, sony makes movies.

AlecBlackburn93
AlecBlackburn93

Direct to video and written by Todd Farmer the genius behind such gems as Jason X, My Bloody Valentine and Drive Angry. I think we've got ourselves a masterpiece in the making.

meedokicky
meedokicky

Excited! it was one of my first PS3 games and one of my all time favs :)

JimmeyBurrows
JimmeyBurrows

I'd rather have that sequel, but it's a start, needs Andy Serkis though & isn't he still working on the hobbits?

tonyleo01
tonyleo01

Doubt this is gonna happen. But as long as they use the same actors and actresses from the game, you know it's gonna be good.

Shanks_D_Chop
Shanks_D_Chop

Straight to DVD, well that's kind of a given. If anyone can recommend a game-to-film adaptation or spin-off that's actually any good I'd love to know. Watched Dead Space: Downfall the other day. That's lucky if it's a 5/10.

kerc_chaos
kerc_chaos

@davidsworld3 It's possible it'll only appeal to fans and so they don't want to waste the money advertising it for a theatrical release thus avoiding bloating the budget. Furthermore Heavenly Sword is a PS3 exclusive that doesn't have any mind share outside the gaming community. It's not COD or Halo or some of the other triple AAAs which are known by non gamers. And non gamers do make up the bulk of the movie going audience.

jemoedr
jemoedr

@Sheepsquad I disagree. It was good. It probably explains a part of the story that you will have in DA3. 


The movie was well made. Nice characters, the setting was correct and it gives the feel you have with the dragon age world.

Yomigaeru
Yomigaeru

@Poodger It really is like finding a diamond in the rough. Advent Children was pretty good, for example. It's far from a breakthrough in cinema, but it took what Square Enix is good at (action packed cut scenes), and delivered an entertaining film.

JRLennis
JRLennis

@Hurvl Games have become big business, and movie makers want a piece of that business.  Sadly, they aren't looking at the right games to translate into films.  Prince of Persia wasn't bad, but they can do better.

jemoedr
jemoedr

@RSM-HQ A tekken movie? It would suck more then the Mortal Kombat, Street Fighter and Dead Or Alive movies combined

JimmeyBurrows
JimmeyBurrows

@GodGundamNT1 I think you mean "too bad Sony told them to f off" since they were planning a sequel but Sony decided they'd rather sit on the rights and use it for marketing purposes.

Hurvl
Hurvl

@AlecBlackburn93 Wouldn't it be ironic/funny if the man behind Drive Angry got lots of nerd rage thrown at him for making this film.

Ovirew
Ovirew

@JimmeyBurrows The Hobbit movies have all been filmed but are in post-production I thin.  Maybe he is still doing face work and stuff for Gollum if he shows up again, but I don't think he does.

Hurvl
Hurvl

@Shanks_D_Chop My guilty pleasure is In the Name of the King: A Dungeon Siege Tale, directed by Uwe Boll. It's remarkably entertaining in that stupid action movie way and since it's fantasy it's also got stupidly entertaining fantasy elements. Though Bloodrayne was a bit of a disappointment. I'm also one of the few who liked the Max Payne movie, though not because of any respect of the source material. The Resident Evil movies are all entertaining I think.

RSM-HQ
RSM-HQ

@jemoedr @RSM-HQ My comment was refering to that we already have a Tekken movie, anime, & CG short. All three are as you say "suck" Disgaea had a series also, avoid if you can.

On that subject the two anime movies of Street Fighter ain't half bad. 

JimmeyBurrows
JimmeyBurrows

@Ovirew @JimmeyBurrows True, but I assumed since he was a director of sorts, that he'd still be working on the post production stuff... If not then lets hope he helps out, otherwise the cg movie has no chance.

Shanks_D_Chop
Shanks_D_Chop

@Hurvl Haha, I too own that film. Yeah, it's entertaining and enjoyable enough. XD But it's not a "good" film.

Only saw a bit of Bloodrayne... So much meh.

Hated the Resi films, then saw the later Resi films and hated THEM so much that I ended up kinda liking the first two by comparison.

Haven't seen the Max Payne movie, would you recommend that then? I loved the game, I'm not too het up about an adaptation sticking 100% to the source as long as it's done well and the changes are justifiable.

Although the main problem I had with Downfall is that it wasn't meant to be an adaptation but a prequel. Yet several bits in it just don't sync up with the game. It wasn't outright awful in any one area. It just wasn't good either.


jemoedr
jemoedr

@RSM-HQ @jemoedr There is one? Glad i haven't seen it then :D


Nah, i think IF there is a fighting game a movie could do OK, it would be Soul Calibur. Since it more or less has a story line. Nothing exiting though.

Shanks_D_Chop
Shanks_D_Chop

@Hurvl @Shanks_D_Chop Hitman was... It looked good and Timothy Olyphant plays the role well but I remember the plot being... Actually, I don't. The whole thing wasn't very memorable. Though I do remember feeling that many elements were poorly tacked on for the sake of having them in there.

Hurvl
Hurvl

@Shanks_D_Chop The Max Payne movie is decent as an action movie, but there is not much linking it to the games and the plot has a pseudo-supernatural vibe to it which many disliked. I haven't watched the Hitman movie, but I think it'll be similar to Max Payne, i.e. entertaining but not very true to source material. I liked the Prince of Persia movie, although the ending is a bit of a cop out.