Max Payne going to the movies

Fox turning Remedy and Rockstar's gritty shooter into a proper film noir--no cast or director is yet attached.

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It seems like hardly a week has gone by in 2005 without a movie studio scooping up the rights to a video game. To date, the year has seen deals to bring Halo, Hitman, American McGee's Alice, and others to the big screen.

This week, it was Max Payne's turn. The Hollywood Reporter is reporting that 20th Century Fox is bankrolling a film version of the gritty third-person shooter from Rockstar Games and Finnish developer Remedy. The studio has inked a deal with the production companies Collision Entertainment and Firm Films to produce the Payne adaptation, which had been previously linked to Dimension Films. Scott Faye (the upcoming The Reaper) and Julie Yorn (Formula 51) will produce the project, which currently has no cast, director, or release date.

Easily one of the most cinematic games of the last few years, Max Payne profiles the titular antihero, a modern-day New York undercover cop whose wife and baby daughter are brutally murdered. If that wasn't bad enough, Payne is also framed for a fellow cop's murder and becomes the subject of a massive manhunt by the police, the Mob, and a shadowy criminal organization. Besides sporting John Woo-style action and Matrix-esque bullet-time effects, the game also borrowed heavily from graphic novels, even using comic book-style storyboards in lieu of cutscenes.

The original Max Payne was released to rave reviews in 2001 for the PC, PlayStation 2, and Xbox, and was followed by a sequel, Max Payne 2: The Fall of Max Payne, on all three platforms in 2004. A Game Boy Advance version shipped in 2003. A third installment in the series is under development as well.

Discussion

37 comments
GooMaster
GooMaster

The Movie was NOTHING like the game. A big disappointment for people who played the game.

Laiska_pummi
Laiska_pummi

The movie wasn't too bad. But it was kinda of disappointment. Maybe I was too fan of the games.

IzE-DraGoN
IzE-DraGoN

"JerecMasta One man. one voice. Looks and sounds just like him if he uses an american english accent. Clive Owen." I agreed 100% with you, but let's see what happens with Mark Walhberg!!

JerecMasta
JerecMasta

One man. one voice. Looks and sounds just like him if he uses an american english accent. Clive Owen. Was in shoot em up, sin city, king arthur, and some other great movies. if you want a good comparison to max payne tho, watch sin city. Hes definatly the best max payne. no bruce willice. no keanu reeves. no cristian bale. No al pacino or mel gibson. It has to be Clive Owen. watch sin city. You'll all see things my way. or you'll just die like innocent little kittens.

jon62
jon62

never make a movie about a game, it will horrible! just like "Doom", "house of the dead" etc... jon62

Jshaw71
Jshaw71

theres no need for it to be a movie, the game tells an awesome story and the movie companies will f*** everything up, as they always do

MonkeyBoyMarty
MonkeyBoyMarty

I don't know what they'll do about Max's actor. Bruce Willis in the era of the first Die Hard would be utterly PERFECT. But he's too old, now.

dekmal
dekmal

i want max payne3 on ps2....... i can wait to buy.....

yaser_n63
yaser_n63

Wo0o I Loved :X See U Soon Max :D

Darker_88
Darker_88

when the max payne 3 comes i wont to buy that

RazorHunter257
RazorHunter257

I think that Al Pacino could be the best old max payne, but for the young max payne, Mel Gibson is probably the most similiar

hscs
hscs

I think Mel Gibson would be great to act on Max Payne movie, besides he looks like payne he has the necessary skills to perform very well.

Vol_Djin
Vol_Djin

Max Payne....one of the most memorable games I ever had the honor of playing. Though I'm pretty sure the movie won't come out in the near future, Christian Bale is the name that pops to mind, as for the third installment....one can only hope...

nene79
nene79

I hope it becomes real, its a great game indeed...

WestleyViau
WestleyViau

This movie needs to come out.... Out of every single video game movie thats coming out, Max payne has to, i dont care if they dont make halo, hitman, games that i love, But Max payne HAS TO COME TO MOTION PICTURE, no if's or but's this is a must for a movie because Max payne is thee best video game character to date and a movie would be the best thing to hit hollywood.

Wittesneeuwyeti
Wittesneeuwyeti

Wow thats gonna be great! The only problem is the voice from Max Payne. Its one of the importest things in the game (for my meant) And and James Mccafrey does't look like Payne. Maybe Mel Gibson plays Max and James Mcccafrey voice it over?

WarZone122
WarZone122

Great idea! Novels and Painkillers!!!

MrBlake
MrBlake

I think Christian Bale would play Max Payne brilliantly. He does the gritty hero role so well. I.E. Batman Begins, Equilibrium, I mean the guy is like a much much much better version of Keanu Reeves.

step2ice
step2ice

Michael Madsen, Mickey Rourke or a unknown actor, everything else would suck. And I hope it doesn't turns out to be a hollywood teenager movie. A director like Rodriguez or Verhoeven could also help to bring Max to life.

bubblesbarry182
bubblesbarry182

i hope it comes out for the 360. a movie would be great and so will the game

megadisc
megadisc

I really hope that Keanu reaves will be able to play this creature !

Naktaraht
Naktaraht

I hope FOX really tries to make a good film with all the game features(storyline, playability, etc.). One of the POOR examples is the "Doom" movie, they turned a nice game story into a SELL-OUT...seriously WTF IS A DISEASE THAT TURNS YOU INTO A IMP...its supposed to be about hell for everyone's sake... Best Wishes Arktoxus

warsabi
warsabi

as long as they don't do to it what other trilogies do...end it in the lamest way... i want more moving (emotionally) story!!!... the story is what makes it playable

Tinkertown
Tinkertown

Max Payne are an awesome set of games and i look forward to the third one and if they do decide to make a movie of them then i would like to see how tha turns out... by the way Vin Disel is not black... he plays riddick in the Chronicles of Riddick and Pitch Black... he also plays the babysitter in the Pacifier and what not!

_Danne91
_Danne91

yeah Max Payne are the best games :D

Shargon
Shargon

I say this they can F**K it up total or they can make a new cult film hitman is comming as movie and vin disel is black so that movie is screwd

HeyBEP
HeyBEP

the movie????? omg!!!!!! it would be the best action movie!!!!! i know it would have the best special effects!!!!

lalakool_16
lalakool_16

HA. I love that series, i'm saying Bruce Willis !

Tyler_is_kool
Tyler_is_kool

wow that would be a cool movie. Maxpayne was the first game i owned