Report: Wes Craven looking into game development

<i>San Jose Mercury News</i> writer Dean Takahashi says in his blog that the horror-film director is in talks to create an original game.

When Wes Craven was given the final speaking slot at the inaugural MI6 game-marketing conference this week in San Francisco, the choice likely raised a few eyebrows. Previously, the director's most visible tie to the world of games was the 1989 Nintendo Entertainment System game based on his film, Nightmare on Elm Street.

Craven was booked to speak about fostering customer loyalty, marketing, and creating anticipation for a product from his perspective as a film director. However, after the conference was over, he spoke with San Jose Mercury News writer Dean Takahashi about his possible work as a game designer. After discussing the director's presentation and attitudes toward gaming in general, Takahashi writes on his blog that the director "said he was in talks to create an original game, but wouldn't elaborate."

Film directors getting into game development is a growing trend. Hong Kong action director John Woo is overseeing the development of Midway's Stranglehold, King Kong director Peter Jackson was hands-on with Ubisoft's interactive adaptation of his big-budget remake, and Steven Spielberg last year signed on to create three next-generation games based on original properties with Electronic Arts.

As for horror directors getting into film, Craven will have some company on that front, too. Halloween helmer John Carpenter is working with Titan Productions on Psychopath, a game that he already has plans to adapt into a movie. Hellraiser director Clive Barker has also dabbled in games, finding critical success with 2001's Undying and falling short with the canceled Demonik.

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mariomaniac92
mariomaniac92

Meh.....Wes Craven isn't worth making a game over.

JaMeS4418
JaMeS4418

Sounds good as long as he doesn't copy the re series or some movie and tries to make a good original game.

bowser0077
bowser0077

I think I sense a game where you play as Freddy Kruger

grave_rob
grave_rob

between this news & the John Carpenter news how could a goreXwhore like me NOT be stoked?

ArsenalArmor
ArsenalArmor

Hopefully he doesn't pick a company that makes crap. Maybe he'll go with Ubi like Peter Jackson!

chadw_genx
chadw_genx

Wes Craven likes to experiment with new things. He created one of the most known horror characters ever in Freddy Krueger and has recently wrote a work of Fiction - The Fountain Society, and even stepped outside of horror for a bit with Red Eye. Besides Wishmaster, I've never NOT liked ANY of Wes Craven's work. He is a creative genious and I loved the Nightmare on Elm Street video game for the NES, which I think was totally underrated. I don't care if the game stinks (which I doubt) I'm going to be buying it.

xxcommixx
xxcommixx

hahahahahahha, i didnt even read the article. im just bored so im commenting random crap.

amplizine
amplizine

No, people can be series... I only know parallel people myself though:(

jaefrmbk2k
jaefrmbk2k

Wes Craven looks too much like Bob Ross. i KNEW Bob Ross couldn't die. Bob Ross is a cyborg. he just killed Wes Craven, adopted his persona and got a perm. Bob Ross rules!

metdevthegamer
metdevthegamer

GoddBless, don't you mean "serious"? I don't think anyone can be series.

Psyfon
Psyfon

Wow. I like the idea, but it could be not so hot.

GoddBless
GoddBless

"FLCLAtomsk What movies has Wes Craven done? I can't think of any." Surely you can't be series!?!

metdevthegamer
metdevthegamer

Ew, this could be and will most likely be bad. In my opinion, Hollywood directors should stay far away from the video game industry; I don't give a s**t what movie(s) they made, big budget Hollywood doesn't blend well with video games. Oh well, this could turn out good somewhat, but highly doubt it.

faizali86
faizali86

wes craven or not, i hope the games are good enough

SavoyPrime
SavoyPrime

Since it's Wes Craven. I'm more than sure whatever game(s) he's working on will be in the survival-horror/horror genre.

cloudstrife75
cloudstrife75

Wes Craven horror games? :D... SWEET! This guy is a legend in film making. If he can direct a movie...why not a game as well??

amplizine
amplizine

Sweendrix is right I think. The difference between movies and games is interactivity. It could be difficult (and possibly disasterous) for a director to completely change to a new medium like video games. I wouldn't want to play a game if I end up just watching most of it, I want to be immersed in it. I can't deny the benefits that would come from it, such as greatly improved storytelling and cutscenes, but I really hope the director would realize it's not the same.

rynmls
rynmls

adoptation of games into movies again? just hoping this will be good...

blackIceJoe
blackIceJoe

Wes Craven made some real good scary movies I wonder how he will do with making a scary video game.

xerxes5678
xerxes5678

Could be cool, but then again he could become another Uwe Boll.

pixiedust35147
pixiedust35147

This could be a very good thing. Or a very bad thing. I guess we'll find out.

Orasion_Seiz
Orasion_Seiz

i always love his horror movies. the games should also be good.

FuguNabe
FuguNabe

Wes Craven, John Carpenter, Clive Barker... What can I say I love their input into the horror genre of film. Hopefully they can capture their twisted imagination into games for us to play on next-gen systems. Industry needs more disurbing games like the Silent Hill series which IMO is the only series for survival horror left next to Zero/Fatal Frame (Bio-Hazard is a good series but lost it's horror and turned into an action adventure instead IMO).

Lupus64
Lupus64

Well, it could work. I mean, it'd be a different perspective going from writing horror films to making games, than just being a horror fan and making games. He could bring some interesting ideas to the genre.

jmgionet
jmgionet

This could be very interesting

Derangal
Derangal

FLCLAtmosk: Wes Craven is the man behind the Nightmare on Elm Street series and he directed the first and New Nightmare movies. He also directed the original 2 the Hills Have Eyes, along with Swamp Thing, the entire Scream series, a few episodes of the original Twilight Zone, and a few other things. He wrote the script for all the Nightmare movies and did character writing for Freddy vs. Jason. He also wrote the screenplay for the current the Hills Have Eyes, but he didn't direct it.

way2funny
way2funny

What movies has wes done? OMFG, only the most creative Horror movie ever made, A Nightmare On Elm Street

LexLas
LexLas

I'm with jaredgood1 on this one.... Yup... OLD SCHOOL FOLKS KNOW THE DEAL

Metron4
Metron4

ooh. The Hills Have Eyes: The Game.

BrandXSavior
BrandXSavior

I would love to see a modern FPS Clive Barker game based on his Hellraiser series of movies (well, the first two anyway) or the Tortured Souls figures that were out a few years back. A game in the vein of F.E.A.R. with Cinobytes would be nice.

Elementskate14
Elementskate14

ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ uh is it morning already???

jaredgood1
jaredgood1

Good Lord... I'm surrounded by a bunch of youngns.... Craven could make a good game, as he actually has an artistic vision of horror films (from back when horror movies were actually good as opposed to the simple audience manipulation crap we get served now).

WolfSkill5544
WolfSkill5544

Wes Craven needs to really come up with a good scary game, he has a big competition in front of him. Specially with the masterminds behind Silent Hill, and Rule of Rose. So, it's not gonna be so easy for him.

jaredgood1
jaredgood1

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OmegaHunter9
OmegaHunter9

I hear he's a huge icon. My parents say he creates SCARY stuff from before Halloween. I wonder if his game will top FEAR or Condemned.

Sweendrix
Sweendrix

I think Film Directors have an eye for the Aesthetics of the game...but not so much in terms of gameplay. I think a good partnership will help Wes become very successful in this field.

gonzalezj1
gonzalezj1

*laughing at Sweendrix* Anyway... I'll have to see how this turns out.

kinncolts
kinncolts

hopefully ( but not likely) ..he'll make a game for the Wii

Kyubi-Naruto
Kyubi-Naruto

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Sweendrix
Sweendrix

If Wes makes anything I will buy it.