Uwe Boll put another notch in his gamepad today, as developer Running With Scissors announced that the game-centric director-producer has signed on to help bring its controversial Postal series of games to the big screen.
Boll, whose cinematic adaptations of House of the Dead and Alone in the Dark have been notoriously shunned by gamers and critics alike, was chosen for the project in part because of the controversy surrounding him, Running With Scissors CEO Vince Desi told GameSpot. "He is truly independent, and his controversy excites us. And we have no fear," Desi said.
In announcing the movie deal, Running With Scissors claims that Postal is Boll's all-time favorite game. "I see it like a mirror for our society--funny, violent, absurd!" Boll said. "So then the movie must be powerful, strange, and so full of the game's political incorrect outrageousness that if we do it correct, we will all probably end up in jail!"
Desi also indicated that the movie won't shy away from the controversial and violent subject matter of the games. In fact, one of his motivations for making the movie was "because you're limited to what you can show in a game."
Desi also confirmed that Gary Coleman, who had a cameo appearance in Postal 2, will "absolutely" be involved in the movie.
Postal will begin shooting in 2006, with a planned release in 2007.
[UPDATE]: Boll answered a few quick questions about the project for GameSpot. He described the movie as "Pulp Fiction meets Falling Down meets Wag The Dog," and said that just like the game, it will show that a task as mundane as cashing a check can be a big adventure.
When asked why he focuses on violent games for his movie adaptations (all but one of his movies are based on M-rated games), Boll merely said "A lot of games are violent. And on a personal level, I love violent movies."
He added that there weren't any E-rated games he'd be interested in adapting to the big screen.