Nolan dreaming up Inception game

Director Christopher Nolan says he is considering turning his $750-million-grossing, mind-bending big-screen thriller into a small-screen game.

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With its byzantine storyline, Inception was no guaranteed box office success. However, the imprimatur of director Christopher Nolan, star power of Leonardo Di Caprio, and a bevy of mind-bending visuals were enough to make the Memento-complex thriller a box office smash. According to Variety, the film has now grossed over $753 million worldwide, despite not having opened in such major European markets as Italy.

Christopher Nolan is dreaming up scenarios for an Inception video game.

Though Nolan's next project will be a third Batman film, he is also eyeing a new Inception project--a game, namely. "One thing we are looking at doing is developing a video game based on the world of the film, which has all kinds of ideas that you can't fit into a feature film," he told Variety.

No developer or publisher for the game was mentioned, although the film is distributed by Warner Bros., which has its own game publishing arm, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment. The filmmaker did give a time frame, however, and it's not any time soon. "That's something we've been talking about and are looking at doing [in the] long term, in a couple of years," he told the trade.

If an Inception spin-off is made, it will be the second game based on a Nolan-directed film. The first, Batman Begins, was released concurrently with its movie namesake in 2005 by Electronic Arts. Nolan's pre-Inception film, The Dark Knight (2008), was rumored to have had a film tie-in at internal EA developer Pandemic Studios. However, no game ever surfaced, and the Mercenaries-maker was folded into EALA late last year.

Discussion

191 comments
33T_L33T
33T_L33T

"another movie based game? don't even think about it." Totally agreed. Although I dunno why people are arguing about a small audience? Since when is the audience 20-30+? I'm 19 and really enjoyed Inception. I have a 14 year old brother and he also fully grasped the concept - enjoying it. Just cos you're 30 and like the movie doesn't mean younger people can't follow it.

Animatronic64
Animatronic64

@ BrakeyM How would a horrible video game tie-in tarnish the reputation of an amazing movie? Surely, a great film like Inception stands firmly on its own. They could even make the Inception video game worse than Big Rigs, but how would that ever lower the quality of the original film? It wouldn't. The film is a standalone product, and its quality is not dependent on the quality of the video game bearing the same name; it has its own reputation.

Tidal_Abyss
Tidal_Abyss

I just saw this movie on the 15th. It was great, but not really something (I think) would suit a certain population of the gaming audience, like, the younger gamers with the attention span of a gnat for example, and I wouldn't want the movie to change to fit them, *if* there was a game of the movie, I would want it to stay true to it, which would be hard to pull of right. Kind of leaves me feeling it might be best to not make a game. I guess we will see. Agreeing with brakeym -the movie does have an older audience than what many games are marketed to- myself, I'm in my 30's. Many preteens for example (not all of course) would be probably very bored with how the movie starts and is mostly.

Mr_Manikin52
Mr_Manikin52

Will it have a kissing mini-game with Ellen Page?

hsmgaye
hsmgaye

I think Inception game will be get 5.0 or 4.5.

BrakeyM
BrakeyM

I hope they don't make the game. I think the end result will tarnish what people love about inception. I also think that there wouldn't be a large audience for the game; most movie games are marketed to preteens and Inception's audience is around twenty years old and up. If they make Inception a game, it will flop.

partytimekegs
partytimekegs

Lets have a good studio make it if it does enter production for a video game. All the film to game adaptations I've played all had either unknown or lackluster studios.

anti-altair16
anti-altair16

@MrJaws902 Shutup, your the noob. No one was even talking to you and stop responding to peoples comments idiot. Your probably like 10 years old so get off the internet dickwad. Go troll somewhere else troll.

AceBalls
AceBalls

@sergio_afonso LoL. I don't think that will happen ;)

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jedi-james

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gbrading
gbrading moderator

A game based around Inception could work, although it would have to work hard to buck the trend of film spin-off games.

sergio_afonso
sergio_afonso

@AceBalls I have to laugh! Go see Twilight, I think thats what u like...

AceBalls
AceBalls

Nolan's movies are all overrated and over-conceptual. Most of them either don't make sense or they're just boring apart from one great performance in The Dark Knight..

FakeLeather
FakeLeather

Yes, a fantastic director, but he's no Hideo Kojima is he? I see this going the same way as Enter the Matrix, sadly, an attempt at high concept storytelling but with predictably lame results. Prove me wrong, Mr Nolan, advise but don't try to force your vision on the game, let the pros do that...

Lionhart_basic
Lionhart_basic

If Nolan heads the story and create the same atmosphere between the movie and Heavy Rain I think they might be able to pull it off. The story probably won't revolve around the characters from the movie I'm sure, not directly anyways. But I would like to see how it would turn out before I pass judgment of the idea.

tremor33
tremor33

Meh. The first Batman movie had an okay tie in game. The Dark Knight had no tie in game. I'd rather buy a Tie in Game from the 3rd Batman than a game based on Inception.

fillup0
fillup0

Nolan is known for risks, though I don't think this one will pay off...

lock445
lock445

Well... If it's a just campaign and is incredible then... I'm not even sure. It would have to be third-person, not open-world, and not exactly stealth... what kind of game role-model is it trying to strive for? This would be a first if it succeeds, but truthfully I would purchase a ticket to Batman 3 before I purchase an Inception game.

smzee27
smzee27

Here's one way I can imagine this: On the go level-editing with multiplayer. One player making the level, and the other moving around, etc. Maybe?

TheVGamer
TheVGamer

Well he better wake up. He's getting too confident in his talents that he thinks he will make a good game. Reality shows us otherwise. So please just make us a Batman 3.

comb5
comb5

Figured they would do this eventually. Not all movie games are bad. The Bourne Identity game actually pretty good. If they spend a couple years working on this it should be good as well.

TierraFrost
TierraFrost

If they make this nearly perfect movie into a third-person cover shooter... I might never play a game again. Just kidding. But really.

Wylen0
Wylen0

They can do it im sure, if they actually try it could be very good

Sirbobislost
Sirbobislost

@ RippySLO thats because they normally have a deadline which is the films release but the films already out so that shouldnt be a problem apart from by the time this game is finished we will probally have forgottenb all about the film

Supperdude9
Supperdude9

android, there are exceptions to the rule. Goldeneye.

lightwarrior179
lightwarrior179

Inception had a brilliant concept for a movie. But how would you translate such a concept into a gameplay mechanic requires much thought and proper execution which movie-based games generally lack.

androidsaturn
androidsaturn

Video Games = Bad Movies Movies = Subpar Videogames

0Aragorn0
0Aragorn0

I'm not sure if this would be a good idea. I think they we would have to add some new feature in a game that never was seen before and blew people away. Inception for me was a great movie because of the story and the layer upon layer complexity. With most games that are comparable to this concept, it usually is that "first time" experience that makes it great (ex. Bioshock, Alan Wake, Heavy Rain). If you played again it would be different and something feels a little lost (for me at least). As gamers we already have many games that bend and stretch imagination and if you've seen this movie you've experienced that first time feeling. Not saying it can't be done or it would be a bad game, but like I said, they would have to create a new and innovative feature to really make it stand out.

MystikRex
MystikRex

I'm really ashamed to say I still haven't seen Inception but I do want to. Here's a tip for everyone though: before screaming out "oh games based on films are always rubbish, it shouldn't happen!", how about waiting to see what happens.

EmeraldMonkey
EmeraldMonkey

Only if it comes with some sweet peripheral that I can connect to my brain and play while I sleep

fLaMbOaStiN
fLaMbOaStiN

Not many movies are made into good video games (besides maybe Golden Eye) just like not many games are made into movies correctly.. But still, an Inception video game does sound interesting.. I jus' don't think it'll be any good if Time Warner's video game company is behind it lol

RippySLO
RippySLO

The problem with film to game is that they always rush things. They never give developers enough time to even have a chance at making a decent game.

ToughCritic28
ToughCritic28

Ahhhh, risky.... very very risky... could be good though. That was an awesome movie.

jwzy13
jwzy13

interesting, but considering the dismal success rate of film to video games, i cant get excited about it....

Hugomanen
Hugomanen

@ ThAdEa82: The only parallels to the matrix is that both contained people and guns. The Inception dreamworld is based on your subconscious reactions while the Matrix is a simulation run by machines. The plot of both films follow very different premises. People just compare the two because of the action + actual story mix. This game could be good, if they actually take their time to make it a real game and not just some promotional money making, but since it's spaced years apart from the movie they might actually do the effort.

tainted_lynx
tainted_lynx

This could work if the devs take their time with it. If they don't I can see this becoming a crappy, rushed rehash.

ThAdEa82
ThAdEa82

Inception was an ok movie. Its not as great as everyone makes it out to be. It draws many, many parallels with the matrix. Also, its nice to have a movie that includes thinking for a change, but not a movie that you have to think throughout the entire thing just to follow what the heck is going on...with a xxxxx ending to boot which im not a fan of. To make a game out of this? It stands a high probability of fail.

mikey1611
mikey1611

@Neogenic Inception is mind-blowingly good. Apart from all the flash and bangs, Inception also has a deep and scientific story. It's becoming a hot topic, thanks to Christopher Nolan, that it's being studied in Literature classes as well as psychology.

Phantom_--
Phantom_--

If they do make this, I'd love to see an entirely new team as the cast. Don't bother with constricting the stories to tie into each other (Not like you'd ever get Dicaprio to do voice work anyway) and just start over. Limitless potential. That's what Inception represents. It could be a really amazing game guys.

hyksiu
hyksiu

Could be good.... if they can actually have that big imagination.

Neogenic
Neogenic

I still have to see the movie. Was the movie any good?

aGOODdude
aGOODdude

Its gonna suck! Because Nolan will quickly lose interest and outsource it to some random cheap developer...

TheIndianChild
TheIndianChild

Inception . One of the BEST movies I've ever seen . =)

guitarist1980
guitarist1980

Inception= Awesome .. however I am always skeptical that a Video game based off of a movie will be a quality experience.