Heavy Rain falling on Hollywood - Report

Film industry blog says former New Line Cinema executives are on the verge of a deal with Quantic Dream to bring PS3 thriller to the big screen.

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Quantic Dream touted its PlayStation 3 serial killer thriller Heavy Rain as "interactive drama," but the developer might be turning its latest hit into a more passive form of entertainment. According to a report on Deadline.com today, Quantic Dream is close to a deal with Unique Features, the upstart film production company founded by former New Line Cinema executives Bob Shaye and Michael Lynne. Unique has a deal with Warner Bros. giving the studio first-look rights to its pictures.

"My God, it's full of stars."

Released in February, Heavy Rain follows 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. The game also featured branching storylines where a player's actions determined not just if the killer is brought to justice, but also whether the cast of characters have individually happy or tragic endings.

Heavy Rain is just the latest in a long line of games threatening to make the jump to film, with the most recent candidates including Rollercoaster Tycoon, Red Faction, and Dead Rising. However, for every Prince of Persia that actually makes it to theaters, there seems to be no shortage of projects that get shunted into development limbo, be it Metal Gear Solid, Gears of War, or Halo.

Discussion

209 comments
MacenKrace
MacenKrace

Hoywood+games=disaster. But in this case it might be an exception.

infinitecrysis
infinitecrysis

@MatzeEdend Metal Gear Solid: Philanthropy. Fan made movie based on the games. You should definitely check this one out.

Agika
Agika

This game wont work well as a movie. it works well as a game because the production values are good and make it look like a interactive movie. but if it was a movie it'll just look like any other thriller out there.

Weisser
Weisser

Rollercoaster tycoon?......are you kidding me?

MatzeEdend
MatzeEdend

Haven't these guys learned by now that video games and Hollywood don't mix? I dare you to name one good movie that is based off of a video game...

Kyran87
Kyran87

I would love to see this in movie form. But as a sequel to the game

TheSnakeBelmont
TheSnakeBelmont

lol a heavy rain muvie would be like makin a book from an audiobook.

lock445
lock445

This COULD be the one of the only video-game to film adaptations that would work, especially due to the unique game-changer that the game pulled on the industry, or it could fall face-first like EVERY SINGLE OTHER VIDEOGAME TO MOVIE ADAPTATION. FILM MAKERS: GAMES ARE GAMES. NOT MOVIES. PERIOD.

ShockG707
ShockG707

How about no, video game movies need to stop.

Cthulad
Cthulad

Movies like this will not work. I'm not sure why so many People out there think that this will be the one. Clue had a movie with 3 endings (The only one in theaters that you did not know which ending the theater had) but this will not result in greatness. Can you make a choose your own adventure book into a movie? Have they tried? The movie business is not losing enough money I think. If they were then we would start getting better quality, and not quantity. Crap is all I ever hear that gets released to the theaters. Exception is maybe 4 movies a year. Games come out, and almost once a month I make the trip to grab something.

StiffZombie
StiffZombie

This is so stupid! Why would you make a movie based on an already cinematic game? I'm all for another good movie, but why would one choose to basically remake the same story on a medium that the original already emulates?

LeonK54
LeonK54

Heard about this. In all honesty, i gave the game a perfect ten but i'm not excited about this news at all so far. Heavy Rain belongs in the gaming world. They don't understand the point of the game is to choose your fate, in a movie you can't do that and we all know how video game adaptions turn out. The best one is Resident Evil which at least respected the games unlike those crap sequels that crammed as many characters as possible in a 90 minute film. The best we can hope for is a visual piece... because i doubt this movie will be any good.... Hopefully it will be better than that piece of crap Max Payne.

Balmane
Balmane

Depends on who directs it though... it was a very tense movie game so if they made the movie tense then I will enjoy it :D But as for Metal Gear Solid, they should not make it as it would ruin the game. Halo and Red Faction may work though.

Neil_Clancy
Neil_Clancy

@ itjustgotcold Of course it makes sense. Especially when there are box office earnings to be considered. Most movies make a lot more money than most games.

itjustgotcold
itjustgotcold

@ Pierce_Sparrow doesn't it kind of make sense to take a great story from a source that only a small percentage of people interact with and expand it so that it can reach a much bigger audience? you don't have to answer that, it makes perfect sense

Pierce_Sparrow
Pierce_Sparrow

This doesn't make any sense. This game IS a movie. Sure, it has interaction, and you make many different choices, but most of it is just a bunch of cut scenes stitched together. Not saying the game is bad, I loved it, I'm just saying it doesn't make sense to turn it into a film when it's pretty much a film already.

DeMise721
DeMise721

Didn't somebody make a game about the movie Street Figher (horrible movie) which was a game based on a movie which was based on a game? Heavy Rain would be kinda like that because it took so much inspiration from films.

DeMise721
DeMise721

Rollercoaster Tycoon: The Movie.... I don't get it.

blancobo
blancobo

Transforming Heavy Rain into a movie would be an insult to the actual game structure. Considering the possibilities of the game in which one can choose the out come... a linear approach would only shadow the games capabilities into a simple linear drama. --- forbid that any studio considers to use CGI with voice over actors. Game movies are in general a bad idea... just consider the facts on Prince of Persia... They chose an Anglo Saxon actor (sorry guys I was watching "The great debaters" last weekend and that High School-Social studies- term just got stuck in my head) to play the role of an Arab... They should have chosen at least an "Old world" actor instead of a westerner.

Jawehawk-DK
Jawehawk-DK

They better not EVER make a movie about Metal Gear Solid. That game is simply to good to be ruined by Hollywood. What's up with Rollercoaster Tycoon as a movie? How would that work? Considering that Heavy Rain basically is a movie, I can't quite see how they can make an actual movie of it.

Incetardis
Incetardis

I'm still waiting for Silent Hill 2.

Ugly_Geezer
Ugly_Geezer

Lets try again. The writing was some of the best I have ever seen in a video game, I don't see how such genius could translate to the big-screen :D

BudgetMonkey82
BudgetMonkey82

The movie will inevitably be crap - no point in making a movie of this. Sounds like some marketing exec has got his head stuck too far up his own a** - KERRRCHING!!

Supernatural24
Supernatural24

From a movie comes a movie coming soon to a movie theater near you! So, will it be a 2-hour story? Or multiple stories lasting a few days? We're gonna need a lot of DVD discs and a few blu-ray discs!

koospetoors
koospetoors

I can already see the DVD edition packing an extra disc filled with a ton of endings.

CrackSnack
CrackSnack

Noo way, don't make this game into a movie, I beg you!

DarthSatan
DarthSatan

Who the hell would want to watch a Rollercoaster Tycoon movie?

DarkNeoBahamut
DarkNeoBahamut

so you're turning a film-game into just a........film.

profstrange
profstrange

heavy rain is a good game so I do not want to see Hollywood ruin it like it did with many other movies.

Ugly_Geezer
Ugly_Geezer

Oh mu lord. Heavy Rain was badly written as well, who on earth decided this was a good move.....bless.

AnimeNutJill
AnimeNutJill

It's funny cuz I was telling my friends last week how awesome it would be if Heavy Rain was made into a movie, and here we are. lol I wish Lionsgate and Legendary or Screen Gems would do the movie though.

marco245
marco245

I thought the whole idea of this was to combine film and game.

HBC14
HBC14

It will be cool. Actually, Heavy Rain is a movie-game.

firedrakes
firedrakes

it would work. seeing this is like playing a char in a movie in real time

TheDere
TheDere

Most games that I enjoy I think to myself: "Someone should make this into a decent movie". When I played Heavy Rain I thought: "If anyone tries to make this into a film they should be skinned alive".

GovtCheese
GovtCheese

I hope they don't try to make a movie of it. Definitely works better as a game.

Ladiesman17
Ladiesman17

Bad idea!!! :? Heavy Rain is the interactive-movie genre without replay-ability value!! then what can be enjoyed from the film!! nothing!! MGS & WarCraft idea looks cool.. GDMN stupid hollywood!!

slowdrum13
slowdrum13

As long as they can make a better script and hire more talented voice actors than the terrible ones in the game. I mean GOW 3 and uncharted 2 can do the movie thing and still be good. I was lol'ing everytime someone opened their mouth in heavy rain.

d3nyd
d3nyd

So since the original 'game' was already a movie, this is what, a reboot or something? Those seem pretty popular in Hollywood these days.

drangel_jam
drangel_jam

I really would want to see MGS, GoW (both franchises), and Halo. Heavy Rain, not so much.

dramadude186
dramadude186

I'll believe this when I see it. However, I do think it has the potential to be a good and successful movie, provided the keep the budget under wraps and significantly downplay the fact that it's a video game adaptation. If it's sold as a straight drama/thriller, you'll get more casual viewers beyond just fans of the game.

aboy1411
aboy1411

Like said interactive movie. Funny controlled. I gave it a 8.5 for being unique. With playing once though. Not very long game.

fkbwii
fkbwii

I haven't played the game, yet. Hopefully, I'll play it before the film comes out

punanisher
punanisher

Ha. Heavy Rain felt like an interactive movie pitch with terrible controls anyway.

Omegamojo
Omegamojo

I was going to comment about Hollywood being a leech and sucking up ideas from elsewhere rather than creating its own original flavor. All they can do is taint the original unless they find a perfect blend of creative talent, and that is few and far between in film-making. But it looks like a lot of you have beat me to it.

solidhell
solidhell

Heavy Rain was an amazing game, but it was pretty much an interactive movie. I don't know if I'd want to pay to see the same movie, without the interactive part.