Rollercoaster Tycoon taking on big screen

Sony Pictures Animation picks up the rights to make a live-action film with CG elements based on Atari's PC theme park simulation series.

To date, game-based films have inconsistent track records when it comes to critical and commercial success, but that could change with the wealth of gaming licenses optioned for the big screen lately. The Hollywood Reporter has said the latest game to get picked up for a feature film is Atari's PC line of theme park simulators, Rollercoaster Tycoon.

"It's a thrill-packed rollercoaster ride," raves unimaginative critic.

According to the trade paper, Sony Pictures Animation has secured the rights to turn the franchise into a film and is currently developing it as a hybrid of live-action and computer-generated imagery. Harald Zwart has been named as the executive producer of the project, though it's possible he would direct it as well. The filmmaker has previously directed movies like Agent Cody Banks, The Pink Panther II, and the upcoming Jackie Chan and Jaden Smith remake of The Karate Kid. His credits as producer are slightly slimmer, most notably featuring last year's Nazi zombie horror film Dead Snow.

Since their debut in 1999, the Rollercoaster Tycoon games have challenged players to balance the various tasks of creating and running a theme park, from designing particularly thrilling rides to hiring employees and planning pedestrian paths to ensure guests can get where they want to go. Although it has spawned a number of expansion packs and compilations, the last full installment in the Rollercoaster Tycoon series was 2004's Rollercoaster Tycoon 3.

Rollercoaster Tycoon is not the only Atari-related movie in the works. Last year, news broke that Universal Pictures had won a bidding war to make a movie out of Atari's 1980 arcade hit Asteroids. And in 2008,Leonardo DiCaprio signed on to play Nolan Bushnell in a biopic about the company founder.

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Glade_Gnarr
Glade_Gnarr

This sounds as ridiculous as the pacman movie.

Gazz_777
Gazz_777

How cool. Ill watch. I can't wait to see Rollercoaster tycoon 4 as well.

dievyan
dievyan

well, look at the bright side! It's proof that Microsoft don't waste there money on crap. like halo the movie coming out in 2011 or 2012.

karpenterskids
karpenterskids

Movie comes out --> It sucks --> Sony blames lack of ticket sales on piracy

Pickleking23
Pickleking23

What a stupid movie idea. Fun game, yes. But a movie about building a theme park and cleaing up barf? I'll pass.

TheClown24
TheClown24

It will probably be one of those intro things to show off 3D, maybe this one wont be a load of **** like the others...

Thunderstarter
Thunderstarter

...I think it's safe to say that this will lose money at the box office...

sinfatus
sinfatus

I still dont belive that this will be made, is the most ilogical thing I heard from long time. What will be next a Sim City 2000 movie? But a Roller Coaster Tycon 4 would be great, cancel the movie and do the game!

missonrs
missonrs

hollywood is sinking down with this horrible lack of creativity. I love the game and was personally hoping on announcements of a new game, but we get crap on how they some how will make a movie out of this!?!?!?! oh and let me guess it will be in 3d.

Helloiseeu
Helloiseeu

What the movie be about? A janitor cleaning up massive amounts of puke?

TheLemonGelati
TheLemonGelati

This should give a bump to the financial sector..

flashn00b
flashn00b

Business strategy games aren't exactly something that can be made into a film.

monson21502
monson21502

not sure if this would be good to watch. unless they have coaster cams aimed at the girls sweet spots

blakeney
blakeney

lol Voodz! how about Donald Trump's Real Estate Tycoon, starring Danny Devito as Donald Trump, and we go 50/50 on the rights?:P

mattg90520
mattg90520

i actually had a dream about this last night (the game, not to movie). i think im going to reinstall in on my computer. i LOVED it when i was younger. i spent so much time perfect parks.

Custodian405
Custodian405

I just don't see how it would work. Is it actually gonna be a movie about a amusement park owner and how he improves the park? or are they gonna add in a separate storyline about crap like betrayal and competing against a rival amusement park? They can't even do video game to movie adaptations about games that have solid storylines so they go and try to do one with a game that has no real storyline...... Well.... at least Uwe isn't directing.

cajunstrike
cajunstrike

Agreed. A bizarre choice, indeed, in light of Sony's financial difficulties.

demonoid42
demonoid42

A movie about a guy/gal building a theme park would be gangbusters. :rolleyes:

ph_online
ph_online

One thing they did right was not hire Uwe Boll for it. (knock on wood) I can see them blaming the lack of sales on Piracy regardless.

Gamemeister83
Gamemeister83

Wow... Hollywood has REALLY run out of ideas haven't they. This is just sad.

ViralShag
ViralShag

The only place I would consider using this license would be to make a live action/CG advert for Alton Towers or Thorpe Park. Not exactly the grounds for the next Charlie and Theme Park.

sam_nintendo
sam_nintendo

This is why we get stupid video game movies, there's a horrible logical problem. Studio exec thinks: Video game = success, therefore film = success. They use no further thought beyond that.

payne6705
payne6705

Who could possibly enjoy this? Like roller coaster junkies? I think they rather go on the ride than watch an animation about either riding them or building them..this is such a horrible idea and then later Sony will complain their porfits are low for the year and you wonder why...

cstrfrkjnstz
cstrfrkjnstz

F the big screen, give us a new game. Can you say another Play, Create, Share title for the PS3?

Evenios
Evenios

i hope they didnt have to PAY that much for the "rights" for the movie because seriously a movie can have this theme already without paying for the rights from the game. Its really a stupid idea "omg a movie based on roller coaster tycoon is coming out i GOT to see it!!!!!!" lol. Sure. Fail.

frog154
frog154

Brad Pitt as Sad Clown Jennifer Lopez as Park Bin Jude Law as Rollercoaster Wheel

neonfrax2
neonfrax2

Ummm... I love the Rollercoaster series and think it is a great game, but a movie? Have video game movies ever really made up the money that they cost on release? And a movie about THIS? I'd rather watch a movie based on "Lemmings"

techienvt
techienvt

If that fails they can always make a Yar's Revenge movie... ...and for the kiddies out there, No, that game is not about pirates.

Angel_Belial
Angel_Belial

Hopefully this will mean they'll finally make a new Rollercoaster Tycoon game.

voodz
voodz

Sony Pictures Animation if your reading ; Donald Trump's Real Estate Tycoon World Darts Cycling Manager or Pet Vet 3D: Animal Hospital All starring Chevy Chase or Bob Hoskins. Email me for production rights and a deal

ProHippoClever
ProHippoClever

Lol, how can they make a movie plot from this game?

AdrenalinDragon
AdrenalinDragon

I don't get it? I love RollerCoaster Tycoon but how can it be made into a movie? It would be interesting to see how it turns out I guess...

Kan0nF0dder
Kan0nF0dder

It'll be like the southpark episode where cartman has his own themepark.

captainoflust
captainoflust

Heh, pretty imaginative. It gets my seal of approval for originality.

blakeney
blakeney

Games to Film barly work as it is, RCT to film? Were they on acid when they came up with the film? infact they cant have been, good films come from acid!!:P

redgreen747
redgreen747

why waist the time and money to make this if you want to make a good game movie have a fall out movie that at least has a good back story and plot.

HitmanDante
HitmanDante

Seems like Universal and Sony Pictures are clutching at straws

comb5
comb5

Well it's about freaking time. This movie is going to be one helluva ride. I'm expecting alot of plot twists and maybe some loopholes.

PixelHunter
PixelHunter

Not as bad as the movie deal on the game Asteroids!

pete_merlin
pete_merlin

LOL And what exactly would this film be about? Roller coasters? Shesh, this makes The Sims movie idea seem like gold