In September, filmmaker Christopher Nolan delighted Inception fans by saying he was considering a game adaptation of the mind-bending big-screen thriller. Today, Entertainment Weekly reported that the project is definitely on.
"I always imagined Inception to be a world where a lot of other stories could take place," Nolan told the magazine. "At the moment, the only direction we're channeling that is by developing a video game set in the world."
Once again, he said any Inception-based game would be "a longer-term proposition," with his primary focus at the moment being the third Batman film. Nolan also declined to mention a developer or publisher for the project, although the movie was financed and distributed by Warner Bros., which has a growing game arm and several internal studios.
Written by Nolan, Inception follows Cobb (Leonardo DiCaprio), an industrial espionage agent who extracts secrets by entering subjects' dreams. After a mission goes awry, he is hired by a Japanese industrialist (Ken Watanabe) to perform a feat known as inception--the planting of an idea in a subject's mind. After assembling a team of subconscious experts, he attempts inception on the scion of a powerful business empire (Cillian Murphy)--and multiple complications ensue. It is due out on Blu-ray and DVD on December 7.
The Inception game will be the second game based on a Nolan-directed film. In 2005, Electronic Arts and Warner Bros. Interactive entertainment copublished a Eurocom-developed PlayStation 2, Xbox, GameCube, and Game Boy Advance title based on Batman Begins. Another game based on The Dark Knight was rumored to be in the works at EA's Pandemic Studios but was canceled some time before the shop was effectively disbanded in late 2009.