Saints Row, Metro films possible

Koch Media CEO Klemens Kundratitz says transmedia initiatives for its games a long-term strategic goal for the company.

Films based on the Saints Row and Metro game franchises are possible, according to Deep Silver parent company Koch Media CEO Klemens Kundratitz. Speaking with VentureBeat, the executive said the company is exploring transmedia opportunities for all its franchises.

"[Those movies are] not out of the question," Kundratitz said. "If a company can deliver that transmedia experience, we are probably one of the few that have the ambition and ability to deliver that."

Germany-based Koch Media, which purchased the Saints Row and Metro franchises during the THQ bankruptcy auction in January, is no stranger to the film industry. The company has published a series of high-profile films in German theaters, including Margin Call and Moon.

Though Koch Media has experience with publishing films, the company would be breaking new ground for itself by adapting one of its games franchises for the big screen. Still, Kundratitz said capitalizing on transmedia opportunities is a long-term goal for the company.

"At the same time, I have to be honest, we have not been able to deliver that [transmedia experience] yet," Kundratitz said. "But it's one of my long-term strategic goals to do so."

In September 2012, MGM said it was interested in making a movie based on Dmitry Glukhovsky's Metro 2033 science fiction novel, which was the source material for 4A Games' THQ-published 2010 shooter of the same name. The status of this project today is unclear.

A Dead Island movie is also in the works. Shortly after the original game's release in 2011, Lionsgate announced that interest in the IP was sparked by the CGI trailer for the game that was released in February of that year. According to Lionsgate, the film will focus on "human emotion, family ties, and nonlinear storytelling."

At the time, Lionsgate announced that development of the Dead Island film will be led by The Mummy producer Sean Daniel and his Sean Daniel Company. Accompanying Daniel on the project will be post-production leader Stefan Sonnenfeld (Pirates of the Caribbean, X-Men: The Last Stand).

Like the Metro 2033 film, the current status of the Dead Island movie is unknown.

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Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and would like to see the Whalers return to Hartford.

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petez34
petez34

Hurry up Metro..... HURRY UP!

 SR would be a stupid movie. Metro could be scary. I like scary.

RedLegZeff
RedLegZeff

Ok, metro 2033 movie could be very good, if they did it right...but are they the ones to be talking about this? It was originally a book right? So THQ bought the rights to make a game? Did they also buy movie rights? Or just the rights altogether? Seems to me movie rights would be separate and still reside with the author, but I'm not a lawyer so I have no idea if that's correct.

CrashOV
CrashOV

yes, these are great ideas. we should jump on the same success wagon Doom did. Does anybody know if Uwe Boll is available? We should get on this right away. 

sanechupp
sanechupp

Saints Row should focus more on quality for its games. The games do have great single player, cheat codes and weapons. On the driving AI controlled missions when you shoot, the driver darts around, the vehicle tires are flipping back and forth, low quality. Insurance fraud the idiot traffic has a traffic jam and you can't do the event, low quality. Graphics should be better

LesserAngel
LesserAngel

Metro would make a good movie I think, but we already have a Saints Row movie, it's called Jackass. (I love Saint's Row, but a movie based on it would just be... pointless.)

BlueTurtz
BlueTurtz

Metro seems like it would be a great idea for a movie, saints row? just no....

Carpetfluff
Carpetfluff

Metro could make a really interesting movie as long as they don't just turn it into just a corridors and monsters flick with Russians. It could be a properly clever, scary film if they use the themes right and don't just try to appeal to the Resi movies crowd.

bongsyas_23
bongsyas_23

the Metro movie would be pretty scary, can't wait

Majkic666
Majkic666

if the saints row movies are based on the 2 first games then yeah they will possible be great else it will just be waste of money and resources 

MrHatnClogs
MrHatnClogs

I hope they have the naked main character like my playthroughs.

Pororong
Pororong

Nice idea. Cant wait for this one. :3

NightmareP3
NightmareP3

Metro 2033 is originaly a book and not a game, so theres still some small hope it might be good.

The book is amazing, if they manage to make a 2 and a half hour long movie using alot of scenes from the book with decent acting, I'll be frekin' happy.

gplayer5
gplayer5

Well, idk about this. Usually movies that come from games are flops (with a few exceptions). Although, I think a saint's row movie would be interesting. As long as they keep the humor in it, I would be interested.

AlexFili
AlexFili

As long as it turns out more like The Walking Dead than Postal I'll be fine

lilj2626
lilj2626

we shud do a Gran Theft Movie even tho Gone n 60sec iz close 2 GTA??i wud like 2 c Contra  GOW is cumin yaw Saint row cud b a Comedy??

jerusaelem
jerusaelem

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German company entertains the notion of producing films based on Saint's Row and Metro.

German company looks for German director with a long running history of producing video game based films.

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Petman8246
Petman8246

I don't know how a Saint's Row film would work, but a Metro film, considering that it already is a horror game with a great story and the origins of a book, would be a great attempt.

Rattlesnake_8
Rattlesnake_8

Metro movie? Yes please. Saints Row movie? I'll skip that one.

elbauto
elbauto

Terror and comedy movies about great games, hope they aren't fiascos...

xhawk27
xhawk27

How could you make a Movie from Saint's Row? lol


monstachruck
monstachruck

Metro, that's cool.  Saints Row... I'll pass.

Paul2004
Paul2004

Cant even imagine what a Saints Row film would be like, tbh i dont think anyone could pull that off unless they had a serious special effects budget (Its just too crazy for a standard movie imo). Metro could be done, ive seen horrors set in the underground so thats the better bet i thnk

DrKill09
DrKill09

The Saints Row film better have Johnny Gat in it, and be based on the first game. 

XZeroKPS
XZeroKPS

lol Saints Row movie. I can't even imagine it because it just sounds so ridiculous.

WhitGameR44
WhitGameR44

Well considered Metro is based on a book, I would hope that would give it a better chance of being a good movie than if it just a video game.


One can only hope..

Hey_Jay
Hey_Jay

This is my issue with these transmedia types and their perspectives. Just because you can do something, doesn't mean you should. Not everything needs to expand until you stretch the overall quality of the product thin. It's okay to focus your attention and efforts into a contained world and make it the best it can be. Everything doesn't need to be everything.

Sgthombre
Sgthombre

God a Metro film would be depressing. Think of "the Road" with a lot more Russian accents. 

Hurvl
Hurvl

They already did a Metro film, it was a decent action movie with Eddie Murphy, http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0119664/ . Though, a Metro film based on Metro 2033 sounds infinitely more interesting. Saints Row could work as an over-the-top action movie and would be interesting as well.

CptYoutube
CptYoutube

Any game can have a movie. I'm saying they should, but they can.

Pyrosa
Pyrosa

The only way Saints Row would work as a movie is if the director of Crank made it...  It would have to be over-the-top, almost (but not quite) to a parody level.  Any amount of serious content would result in a fail.

Bhargav_pvs
Bhargav_pvs

Metro as a movie.... That would be great, but saints row as a movie is not at all a good idea, not even close.

Gallowhand
Gallowhand

A Metro movie might work, because they also have the novel to fall back on, but let's be honest - most games don't translate well to a movie format.  So many have tried, and failed, because they won't give them the necessary budgets to attract decent directors and actors.

Johny_47
Johny_47

Metro yes, Saint's Row definite no.

vochelli
vochelli

Don't worry about these movies coming to light. As you all might remember, pretty much all of the other video game movies that have been announced are caught in an endless cycle of production, never to see the light of day. Ubisoft's Assassin's Creed movie, the Halo movie, World of Warcraft movie, etc. have either been officially dead or have been in production for over three years. I doubt any one them will ever be released.

Sefrix
Sefrix moderator

 I'm not sure a movie could be as amazing as Metro 2033 was.

TrueGB
TrueGB

Metro works because of the book. Saints Row would work better as a Saturday morning cartoon show, or a late night cartoon if you keep the raunchy stuff.

WeWerePirates
WeWerePirates

Metro could work based on the book. I love Saints Row but everything that makes it great as a game would make it awful as a film.

dragonkantus
dragonkantus

lol so much hate for saints row ..i think the game is really fun...no i think it is awesome!!! of course that is just my  opnion..

Zloth2
Zloth2

@CrashOV GHAA!  Don't use that name without at least warning us that you're going to use foul language!

gamingfrendly
gamingfrendly

@Majkic666  Ding! ding! ding! ding! winner! the fight with Mr.sunshine,Carlos death, veteran child kidnapping shaundi and it would be one hell of a movie.

XZeroKPS
XZeroKPS

That's not to say it won't be cool.

BuBsay
BuBsay

@dragonkantus I adore the game, but that doesn't change the fact that it would make for a terrible movie.

Metro 2033 on the other hand, I've been dying for someone to make a movie out of that since I read the book (I would definitely take the book version over the game version, it's a much slower pace and has much more character development).

Sefrix
Sefrix moderator

@Winchester01 I think* Metro 2033 is an average game, with bad gameplay and old story

Fixed it for ya! ;)

r3v3nant_1
r3v3nant_1

@Winchester01 @Sefrix That is what I thought it was going to be, but I was presently surprised.  I really enjoyed it.  It's not going to be on my top ten list, but I'm excited to see what the sequel brings.

Sefrix
Sefrix moderator

@DarkSaber2k You stole my bold! Thief  Anyway, I started the comment with "I'm not sure" and it was my own comment by itself, not a response to anyone stating a different opinion.

My original post is contextually and inherently my own opinion, his response counters it with a statement saying that it is in fact an average game. This turns my comment into a disagreement which then means we need to start separating opinion from fact. His response could be boiled down to "No it's not!" which holds no value as an argument but does as an opinion like "No I don't believe it is".

Now at this point we are splitting hairs and missing the most important part, the "ya! ;)" was meant to be lighthearted. I do however believe that more people need to stick some "I"s or "me"s in their comments ;)