THQ confirms Saints Row film

E3 2010: Publisher says "major filmmaker" tied to game tie-in, slated for day-and-date release; Red Faction telefilm to air on SyFy week of Armageddon debut; major development talent announcement coming.

LOS ANGELES--THQ may not have had an in-person media blowout in the vein of Ubisoft or Electronic Arts, but the publisher still offered up a host of game-related announcements as part of a 2010 Electronic Entertainment Expo conference call.

The Saints Row 3 film apparently has big-name talent behind it.

The Saints Row franchise is often cited by THQ executives as a key business pillar, and the publisher said today that it plans to spare no expense for the launch of Saints Row 3. According to THQ executive vice president of core games Danny Bilson, the publisher plans to begin ramping up marketing for the title in December, having spent an extra year rebuilding the technology behind the game.

What's more, the publisher is aiming to accompany the game's launch with the "biggest transmedia blowout ever seen." Whereas many publishers stop at action figures, novels, and comic books, THQ is aiming to launch a Saints Row film day and date with the game, and Bilson noted that a "major filmmaker" is tied to its release. In February 2009, rapper 50 Cent told reporters that he was in the process of optioning the rights to Saints Row, for a filmic adaptation.

Bilson went on to note that the Saints Row game will be accompanied by a collectible card game.

In other transmedia news, Bilson offered new details on the Red Faction telefilm, which TV network SyFy announced that it would be producing in April. The two-hour "pilot" will air on SyFy the same week as the as-yet-undated Red Faction Armageddon, filling in the 50-year time lapse with information on the main character's parents. The story was penned by Bilson, with a writer currently adapting it for the screen, and the executive also noted that it will feature a budget on par with SyFy's acclaimed Battlestar Galactica.

As one other tidbit, Bilson also briefly addressed Devil's Third, the first game from Tomonobu Itagaki's Viking Studios, which will be published by THQ. According to the executive, THQ plans to announce "another major talent" that has signed with the publisher "very soon." The talent acquisition, Bilson noted, is part of THQ's strategy to lure top game developers, as opposed to purchasing independent studios outright.

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89 comments
videogamer008
videogamer008

truthfully, in my own opinion, i think that a Saints Row moovie would be the best idea ever. i cant wait to get my hands on saints row 3 for the Xbox 360..

fahim_sinister
fahim_sinister

yess...thats the way to go...Saint Row is a rocking franchise......

fahim_sinister
fahim_sinister

yess...thats the way to go...Saint Row is a rocking franchise......

shaggybear19
shaggybear19

resident evil was awsome so your qiute wronge my friend and its a video game movie

E-i-N-e
E-i-N-e

Well this was unexpected. Saints Row 1 & 2 were a blast and totally hilarious. Hopefully they make the driving a little more relastic, that was the only downfall to this wonderful series in my opinion.

DjDevin10
DjDevin10

thq should just focus on saints row drive by and saints row 3, after that the can do whatever the hell they want cause the movie and tie ins are just gonna make things worse for the saints row series

dynomitemasta
dynomitemasta

Listen, video game movies are gonna suck no matter which way you cut it.... it's what they do. So why not have a laugh and watch Uwe Boll miscast and badly make another film? His last one had Burt Reynolds chewing gum with the same delivery and hairpiece he had in Smoky and the Bandit 30 years earlier, except he was a a knight or king or something and it was kind of funny...Mr Boll is famous for getting BAD performances out of great actors (which is even funnier)... Video Games are usually way too over the top and silly to be made into movies, so let him hang himself I say.... if people want to give him money, well that's even funnier yet.

FidelSarcastro
FidelSarcastro

Oh please for the love of all that is holy not have this "major filmmaker" turn out to be Uwe Boll. I could see it now... Most of the male rolls would be filled with bums Boll found off the street, the female characters would be played by prostitutes and strippers, the hero would be some fresh faced rapper and the villain would be played by some overpayed shakspearian actor... Hmmm perhaps Bolls touch would actually work to this films favor.

punisher1
punisher1

50 cent does ruin a movie along with any other talentless rapper(and dont mention will smith. His crap in the 80s was barely rap). Though it would be interesting if they did a t.v. series. But I heard the same thing years ago when GTA: Vice City blowup. Hollywood was talking about a movie, animated series, t.v. series. And nothing ever happened.

X-RS
X-RS

well, how do you make a movie where the main character is anyone/custom? if its first person or something that would be neat, cept you/they would never talk . . . too many problems for a film imo.

Konviktion
Konviktion

Aww HELL NO! Not 50Cent, anyone but him!

M_TM_L
M_TM_L

Actually none of the games to movie Movies fallow the game storyline I just want to see if the saints Row movie graphics does justice to the game's Just like Prince of Persia movie

kmne11528
kmne11528

I'm glad there is going to be another game but why a movie? We all know it's going to be rubbish,the idea of game to movie NEVER works.

BallisstiXXX
BallisstiXXX

Sucks. Leave it as a game and nothing more.

Amnesiac23
Amnesiac23 moderator

A movie...for Saints Row? Fun game, but not much of a story there.

ceromaster
ceromaster

Oh damn...They're making a movie?... What are they playing at?! I know they want to expand the franchise a little, but why a damn movie! I can't believe I got my hopes up..I so wanted to see some new info on Saints Row 3... They should be using their money for the improvements of Saints Row 3, not wasting it on a movie, don't they relize that they are making a big mistake?

gamerpipe
gamerpipe

lol @ saints row film. good luck with that THQ. oh and this will not make me buy it. only if it looks really good as a game. and gets good reviews. films, novels, action figures won't have effects on my decision.

FreeBird55
FreeBird55

um no... the only video game movie should be halo.

BulletsnOctane
BulletsnOctane

Since Fiddy Cent is associated with the film, Ima stay far away from it. The game however, that is something I'm looking forward to. Both games are underdemeciated--fo sho.

cRaZyGaMeR22
cRaZyGaMeR22

It could be interesting if "they" made it live action, but if its a CGI game movie, definitley two thumbs way down.

01-cannon-mpc
01-cannon-mpc

So the Saints Row 3 game and/or movie is a tie-in to the tie-in? Thay are trying to expand the Saints Row franchise. I cant blame them for trying. I like 50 Cent but havent seen his movie. And im goin to wate untill i have seen his first movie and the Saints Row movie. I like the Saints Row games and the comedy/action theme thay have goin. Im not sure if 50 will be a part of the game as well or just the movie. And i hope it dosent end up being a movie based game. Ether way im goin to wate to say what i think untill i have had some personal hads on with the SR 3 game and the SR movie untill i say what i think about them.

StiffZombie
StiffZombie

Oh no..... I love SR2 and I thought the in-game movies were much better then GTA's (despite the graphics), but having 50 cent come anywhere near this is a mistake and a movie is an even worse idea. WTF are you guys doing? At least it will still be funner then GTA 4 or RDR (which is actually a great game, but lacking the creativity of the old GTA games.

DEATH775
DEATH775

I don't think the movie is going to be as good as the game.

ThAdEa82
ThAdEa82

Everyone laughed at thq at e3

VirtualTofu
VirtualTofu

Seriously? We do NOT need a movie as bad as the game's in-game movies. At least replace Fity Cent with Ice T and make him a cop trying to put a stop to the Saints. Then make it about the Saints taking out more lethal gangs and getting in good with the cops and running the town.

pimpofdoom
pimpofdoom

@caketoo Who do you think is part of the lowest common denominator? Saints Row fans? People who want to see a Saints Row movie?

GabrielOnuris
GabrielOnuris

It's totally understandable that some game movies really suck, even knowing the movie developers give it a (little) try; now, a movie inspired in this kind of game is almost literally ASKING FOR to be a fail. Why the hell do I need a movie from this game? Whats next? Pac-Man The Movie?

2bitSmOkEy
2bitSmOkEy

Its gonna be horrible, just like the games.

caketoo
caketoo

You can never go wrong appealing to the lowest common denominator.

ryanc22
ryanc22

Another reason why GTA is better than Saints Row, Rockstar will never sell out to make as crappy movie. And 50 Cent is going to be in it....please.....it cannot get any more cheesier.

Suly_K
Suly_K

saints row 3 will be sik, 1 and 2 may have been badly made but they were so much fun

Torque203
Torque203

If 50 cent is in the movie im not watching it. we dont need over the top gangster acting in any movie let alone one about a game. And hope fully red faction will be a hit. and then made a series. i think more games should abandon trying to be made into movies and get turned into series on networks like HBO or stars. that way its not rushed and we get more of it and these series are not for teenagers either, they are graphic and violent.

RedSoxfan67
RedSoxfan67

Saints Row 3 will be great, but a movie, maybe not so great.

Gamesmasterx
Gamesmasterx

I spent waaay too much time on SR1 and SR2, not sure a third will be good for my health... Still, day one purchase, even though I know nothing about it, haha.

blueguykisame
blueguykisame

@supdotcom many people would disagree with you there. I'm not exactly sure which one i like more (own both) Sortof do like gta4 a bit more too I think, but like I said - many would disagree.

supdotcom
supdotcom

Saints Rows wasnt that bad, it was only bad compared to gta.

enoslives7
enoslives7

Usually good games turn into horrible movies. But since Saints Row was horrible, maybe it will be a good movie?

bsnimunf
bsnimunf

OMFG AMAZING A SAINTS ROW FILM this is just what the gaming community has been waiting for, you know us so well THQ. Man i love films about games, this going to be so deep i bet its better than the God father. I cant wait.

DoomZaW
DoomZaW

The protagonist had better speak with a british accent!

inkyspot
inkyspot

50 Cent, No man, no movie. Just make a good game. The movie will fail, there are so many movies out there like this, what will it be, a comedy, some people just love losing money.

Tree06
Tree06

I can't wait for Saints Row 3. I'm not too sure about the movie but we'll see.