Hollywood pops Painkiller

Guy Walks Into A Bar Productions acquires film rights to DreamCatcher's supernatural shooter series.

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First-person shooter Painkiller is the latest in a long string of video game titles to be getting the silver-screen treatment, reports the Hollywood trade Variety.

The rights to DreamCatcher's supernatural shooter series were scooped up by Guy Walks Into A Bar Productions. The television and film production house previously worked on the popular 2003 family comedy Elf, and is also involved in upcoming comedy titles The Retreat and Starship Dave.

Today's deal marks the first time that DreamCatcher has sold the movie rights to one of its titles. According to Variety, the company opted to go with Guy Walks Into A Bar Productions because it intends to "blend fast-paced action, the wide array of weaponry, and cast of demonic characters."

Jon Berg and Todd Komarnicki will produce the Painkiller movie, and first-time screenwriter Ben McGaw has been hired to pen its script. Berg said he became interested in making a movie based on the game after he saw it featured on the TV news magazine 60 Minutes.

The first Painkiller game was released for PC in 2004. The game focused on Daniel Garner, a man who wakes up in purgatory after a car crash, and is offered the chance to battle the demons of hell in order to gain entry to heaven. The expansion pack Painkiller: Battle out of Hell was released in December 2004, and an Xbox version, Painkiller: Hell Wars, followed in 2006. A PlayStation Portable version of Painkiller: Hell Wars is slated to be released this year. Painkiller: Overdose, a sequel to the original that originally started life as a mod, is due out on PC in October.

Discussion

35 comments
Luka_38
Luka_38

well... at least uwe boll didn't get the rights for the movie...

kennethreed
kennethreed

Great game but a movie? Doom sucked so Hollywood wants to take advantage of video games because they have no new ideas. How many motion picture remakes and video game fodder can we stand? I say none.

4C55434B59
4C55434B59

How about an animated movie with a secondary story line that includes a harem band. Check this out (I didn’t make it): video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-972274131410489165

master_blue
master_blue

painkiller was fun..for mindless action,closer to a true Doom sequel than Doom III was!

Pete5506
Pete5506

this is going to fail as a movie

JuGgAlO_4_LyFe
JuGgAlO_4_LyFe

It is repetitive, but for its time it had incredibly good graphics. My opinion for the movie, no dialogue, just killing.

KingSigy
KingSigy

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Disco_Joe
Disco_Joe

In my opinion, the game is OVERrated. Walk into area, get sealed in, fight random hordes of enemies until next area opens up, repeat five hundred times. YAAAWN.

allmybase
allmybase

The name of the production studio is just plain awesome. I'm not sure I'll ever find any others that'll top that.

runstalker
runstalker

The PC versions of PK and Battle Out of Hell were so underrated. Go back and play them now on your current gaming rig in high resolutions at 60 FPS, and appreciate the level and creature design, and huge end bosses. DreamCatcher doesn't have the reach with hardcore FPS players that it has with adventure gamers, so PK never did as well as it should've.

caesarbites
caesarbites

The final battle in the original game still remains one of the most amazing and breathless moments I've ever experienced in a game. The game isn't one of my favorites, but the final showdown is definitely worth the 8 hours of run-and-gun it takes to get there.

oleska_croft
oleska_croft

Mhm...Great polish game-made by Polish men's....Im so proud of it .....But movie? i dont know :/

dragkill
dragkill

"Well, it doesn't have Uwe Bol attached to it. That makes this film tolerable to me already." Oh man you were not the only one noticing that too. XD

ShaunageAU
ShaunageAU

There's already a Painkiller movie. It's called Constantine...

FlaminDeath
FlaminDeath

yet another game has fallent to the hollywood beast

Maledicted
Maledicted

A Painkiller movie? Man, that would be awesome, except it's not going to be because Painkiller is the one (great as hell i must say) game i've came to expect no good things about. No official sequel, official forums dead, etc etc, but still, looking forward to all this ;

Ghostin-Dashell
Ghostin-Dashell

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Guitargamer1
Guitargamer1

lol I thought about writing a script based on the game but I realized that it would be hard not to make it...kinda B flicky lol Hopefully they can turn it into something watchable.

Kite31
Kite31

As good as the game was, it doesn't need to be turned into a movie. I defiantly agree with bringing on PK2, but come on! This game had no plot and was only there for the great game play.

Sandlynx9
Sandlynx9

Painkiller, a game? Man, they are really scraping the bottom of the barrel with this one. I mean, I enjoyed the game as much as the next guy but a movie? Please.

komet999
komet999

I just pray to god "The Rock" is not the protagonist.

batsugun
batsugun

Forget the Movie and bring on Painkiller 2! I love the game but I'm not interested in a movie.

nth1739
nth1739

Why pick a game that contained little to no plot and turn it into a 90 minute disaster? Some games lend themselves better to film versions, this is definitely not one of them.

SeraphZero
SeraphZero

This is just like that "The sims" movie...

pco_rainmaster
pco_rainmaster

it will be a pain in my...........................................................

puppiemaster
puppiemaster

diablobasher wrote well, this has potential to be a watchable brainless action movie. But then if i wanted an action movie, i need look no further than my Die Hard box set or my Lethal Weapon box sets... So why bother? ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Variety is the spice of life, i love those films as well, but to not make any more action films because there are already some made is just stupid. I know lets not make anymore driving games because we have GT, lets not make any more action/adventure games because we have Halo and lets not make any more fighting games because we have Super Smash Bros.

FallenAngel
FallenAngel

Well, it doesn't have Uwe Bol attached to it. That makes this film tolerable to me already.

diablobasher
diablobasher

well, this has potential to be a watchable brainless action movie. But then if i wanted an action movie, i need look no further than my Die Hard box set or my Lethal Weapon box sets... So why bother?

TTDog
TTDog

Thumbs up who think this movie will suck.