Woo, Spector forging Ninja Gold, Stranglehold movie possible

<i>Hard Boiled</i> director, Deus Ex creator teaming up for film-game project; film spin-off of forthcoming Midway game being considered.

In 2005, Wired reported that Hong Kong film director John Woo's Tiger Hill development house was working on ShadowClan, a game about ninjas plying their shadowy craft in contemporary times. Since then, though, little has been heard about the project, leading many to assume it had met the same fate as Demonik, the now-canceled collaboration between Woo and horror author and Hellraiser director Clive Barker.

Woo-hah!
Today, the Hollywood Reporter revealed that Woo has renamed his ninja project--and plans to make it into both a game and a film. The trade is reporting that the auteur has teamed up with famed game designer Warren Spector for a project called Ninja Gold. Like ShadowClan, the game will juxtapose the ancient deadly art of Ninjutsu and the modern-day underworld. Specifically, the game will concern Japanese Yakuza gangsters clashing with Russian Mafiosi over a gold-smuggling operation.

"The idea actually started with John Woo," Spector told the Reporter. "He wanted to do something involving traditional ninjas in a modern-day setting, and the idea just resonated with me. I was intrigued with the idea of what happens when the traditional and the contemporary come into conflict."

Spector will oversee development of Ninja Gold, which will presumably be done at his two-year-old shop, Junction Point Studios. Woo will direct a film project that will be made in tandem with the game. The director will also contribute the game's storyline, which features a hero that Woo created himself. No publisher, platforms, or release date for Ninja Gold have been announced.

In addition to Ninja Gold, Woo is considering making a film based on Stranglehold, the forthcoming game "sequel" to the director's seminal 1992 action film Hard Boiled. If the game is a hit when it ships later this year on the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, and PC, Woo and his producing partner Terrence Chang may begin preproduction on a big-screen version.

"We would definitely bring Stranglehold to the big screen," Chang said. "We want to be very selective about producing games. We would like game titles to have all kinds of possibility. Having a movie made from them is certainly a major consideration for deciding on a title."

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thenephariouson
thenephariouson

John Woo, and Warren Spector, wow, there is phenomenal scope there already. I've wanted a descent Ninja game fo years, i would love something along the lines of Assasins Creed / Splinter Cell, and definately not NG or Shenmue, etc.

ahm85
ahm85

I want this on PC .. my favorite platform

terror_ninja
terror_ninja

we need online mmo rpg concolse based ninja games....we need online mmo console based games to begin with but !..that will be mintttt wen it happens

roxomega
roxomega

ninja in modern time.... .... ... ... why does that sound so fing familiar hmmm ninja gaiden

rolento88
rolento88

ninjas and mafias... wut more could u want???

Fallout_red
Fallout_red

Warren Spector is a genius and he proved it with Deus Ex. John Woo has made classics like Killer and Face/Off. Lets hope this project turns to be what its supposed be, a perfect collaboration between a Cinema mastermind and a Game mastermind. + Ninjas!! ( I hope there are a lot of Woo's gunfights though)

anamnawshad
anamnawshad

Sounds like a cool idea. Let's see how good Stranglehold turns out.....

Dreski83
Dreski83

Well... I really don't have anything witty or shameful to spit at this... at least its not that Uwe Bowel dude taking on such endeavors ^_^

MusashiSensi
MusashiSensi

GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

kyo_tetsuei
kyo_tetsuei

This is one game-to-movie that would make much more sense because of its history as a movie firsthand, as well as talent-wise in terms of director and actor that are movie hard-hitters before game producers. I hope it happens, and in the classic Hong-Kong movie style, as opposed to a Hollywood-filtered version.

Yoshi-chan
Yoshi-chan

I just think it's about time the world realize we want NINJA'S and NINJA GAMES RPG STYLE -.- WITH FREE ROAMING AND CHARACTER CREATION....AND MANY NINJUTSU ARTS TO MAKE CHARACTER CREATION REALLY UNIQUE (so you can really call it your own) PS....IF YOU DIDN't CATCH ON....THIS IS A BIG HINT TO WHAT WE WANT -.-

SavoyPrime
SavoyPrime

This could be good. I certainly won't hold my breath waiting for that to happen though.

Andron666
Andron666

Exciting ;) Lets hope Woo gets his career on track again and gives Hollywood the boot. And I hope Stranglehold is great. I am getting the Special Ed. with Blu-Ray Hard Boiled if it comes true, even though I already have it in 2 different DVD versions already..

shaunsdu
shaunsdu

Hey Fallen Angel, Woo did not direct Bulletproof Monk. Laters.

JamesL007
JamesL007

I would love to see a Hard Boiled sequel movie, The game is going to rule. Peace

smoothn00dle
smoothn00dle

Xbot like to talk crap, particularly on PS exclusives. John Woo he is the best action movie director. Just give him good script and the right casts! He can do some amazing stuff *v*

GreenGoblin2099
GreenGoblin2099

"What do you mean don't ruin Stranglehold's good name?! If Hard Boiled wasn't made, and I would say that would be a horrific thing, Stranglehold wouldn't have been made. HB is an excellent movie. I advise you to go watch it. " Stranglehold is a classic kick ass song by Ted Nugent: "Got you on a stranglehold, baby. That night I crossed your face" yeah baby that's a good song ;)

GreenGoblin2099
GreenGoblin2099

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FallenAngel
FallenAngel

Frankly, I think John Woo is past his prime. His recent movies have all been horrible (think Bulletproof Monk, Paycheck, even MI 2 was a flashy pile of nothing), and even though Stranglehold has looked decent so far, I'm still skeptical of it. Now he's planning Ninja Gold (I shake my head at the name) and perhaps a movie based on Stranglehold. I get nothing but bad vibes from all of this, but I guess we'll know soon how it will all turn out when Stranglehold hits the shlves.

Proman84
Proman84

I think that Woo needs to reteam with Chew Yun Fat to make another Hong Kong action film with lots of guns and shooting.

Santas_Hitman
Santas_Hitman

Wow they spelled ninjutsu correctly! I'm stunned and amazed.... Can't wait for stranglehold and this other game could be pretty cool as well.

Guitargamer1
Guitargamer1

Road I cruise is a b*tch noooow Ya know ya cant turn me round. Oh and on topic Stranglehold (game) might come out all right and if the sales hold up maybe it is cool enough for a movie. But if it will be a good game still remains to be seen so I dont think anybody should worry about the movie yet.

n8berman
n8berman

A movie based on a Ted Nugent song?

khmerboy12
khmerboy12

Wait , so he is planning to make a movie based on a game that is a sequel to a movie??! Whaaaa!?

panteral3
panteral3

Hate to be a skeptic (and god knows I LOVED Woo's movies) but.. .. Anyone here remember PAYCHECK? Someone stop this man!

FlaminDeath
FlaminDeath

hes made the movie before so logically hes had more experience and thus can only make better movies this is only logical thinking which neither movies or video games follow

AncientDozer
AncientDozer

I'd be interested to see what would happen in a Strangehold movie. I was sort of foggy on the details and assumed Stranglehold was a sort of retelling of Hard Boiled and was puzzled by the idea of a potential remake. . but I guess it's a sequel. My only hope is that John Woo tops the kill count set down by Hard Boiled (if I remember correctly it was in the hundreds).

godzillavskong
godzillavskong

I like John Woo but what's up with all the directors grabbing gaming franchises and try to transform them into movies?Hollywood must be running out of ideas.l

Pfilosophy
Pfilosophy

John Woo. I don't care if he did Face/Off or MI2. He's John Woo and I will watch and play whatever he's got to offer me.

lamprey263
lamprey263

I used to love HARD BOILED and THE KILLER, and I've been really let down by Woo's American stuff. I hope he gets it right with this film... with this game for that matter.

Brother_Boney
Brother_Boney

How could these guys ever make anything that has "traditional Ninjas" or Ninjutsu, when they obviously don't even know what that is!!!! I love Tenchu, because they have at least something that resembles - even if just distantly - real Ninjutsu. But this sounds just bad. Ninjas working for mafiosi and for MONEY over loyalty obviously...blaeh.. shoot me! For those interested in real Ninjutsu and what's left of them in the modern day, I recommend a documentary called "Shinobi: Winds of the 34 Generations".

Boy_Man07
Boy_Man07

whatever...i just want to play Stranglehold: Collector's Edition for PS3! =D

majorwes
majorwes

he should make a face off sequel LOL

mkurts
mkurts

The idea sounds .........dumb.

BILLNYE6983
BILLNYE6983

Taegre "John Woo and Warren Spector to make a game about ninjas? I now pronounce all other video game franchises dead." Who cares... MGS and GOW beg to differ. But by MGS rules anyone who gets a sword will turn into a Ninja (anyone see that MGS4 trailer... Raiden is now totally ninja-ing it up now). I might get the PS3 version of stranglehold if it's any good though.

hector1313
hector1313

"1yodsyo1 NOOO!!! DON"T RUIN STRANGLEHOLD"S GOOD NAME!!!" What do you mean don't ruin Stranglehold's good name?! If Hard Boiled wasn't made, and I would say that would be a horrific thing, Stranglehold wouldn't have been made. HB is an excellent movie. I advise you to go watch it.

SecretWasianMan
SecretWasianMan

I agree with you Somini, you really have to watch his HK movies. Gmayronne doesn't know what he's talking about. If you haven't seen a native John Woo movie, you're really missing out.

1yodsyo1
1yodsyo1

NOOO!!! DON"T RUIN STRANGLEHOLD"S GOOD NAME!!! :cry:

icytower
icytower

Another game made in to a movie :(.

SoySauceWDF
SoySauceWDF

Everyone buy stranglehold so that Woo will make a sweet movie of it

RaiKageRyu
RaiKageRyu

I liked it better when it was called ShadowClan.

Somini
Somini

John Woo+ Warren spector... This coud be a match made in heaven... And @gmayronne:, you obviously haven't watched any of his HK movies, they're all great.

Jaspet
Jaspet

Nope stranglehold is a sequal to the movie Hard Boiled which if you havent seen i highly recommend it, if only to get a back story on the main character. God i hope this comes true i would love to see an actual sequal