Roger Avary to write and direct film version of once-hailed but now-maligned Atari franchise.
The record of game-to-film adaptations is checkered, to say the least. Besides the myriad Uwe Boll debacles--Alone in the Dark, House of the Dead, and BloodRayne--many high-quality games have been turned into bottom-scraping offerings at the box office.
The list of critically lambasted game-based movies is long: Besides the so-so Lara Croft: Tomb Raider, there is its questionable sequel and both of the Resident Evil movies--which themselves have two sequels in the works. Then there's the list of 1990s game adaptations, which include Mortal Kombat (and its sequel), Street Fighter, Double Dragon, and the infamous Super Mario Bros.
This week brought news of a different sort--that a critically pilloried game series is getting the chance to become a decent film. Hollywood trade magazine Variety is reporting that Roger Avary, the Academy Award-winning cowriter of Pulp Fiction and The Rules of Attraction, will write and direct the film adaptation of the Driver games. The franchise, published by Atari, was once one of gaming's more esteemed offerings, but has since fallen on hard times from a critical standpoint.
According to Variety, the Driver film will be distributed by Rogue Pictures, the low-budget horror and action subsidiary of Focus Features. Focus is the art-house/independent division of Universal Studios, which is the film division of media conglomerate NBC Universal. No release date or attached stars were announced.
Wow. Seems like this might be a failure just because every other game to movie adaption is. I mean, I don't know, i guess that I should just assume that, but we'll see. I have high hopes for it though.
I used to play Driver 2 all the time. The story line in Driver 2 was good as (Well it seemed good at the time) but Driver 3's sucked. It sounds like Avarys had experience in game to movie adaptions so it might be alright. Can't wait for MGS.
Driver will be a great movie, driver is the best game i've ever played mainly for the fmv's but it's all good. I remember watching DRIV3R's fmv's 100s of times and i never got bored of it. I'd perfer to see a movie of DRIV3R but Parallel Lines story line was very good, both story lines where tooo good. I can't really decided, but i always like tanner and his ways. But Pl has more double crossing in it. REVENGE.... Muhahaha But they could finish the DRIV3R story unless Reflections beats them to it.
Wait don't we already have The Driver movie and it's called Gone in Sixty Seconds oh I know it's The Fast and the Furious
Avary's an excellent writer (and practically wrote Reservoir Dogs and Pulp Fiction anyway). It should make for a good crime film. This is probably the smartest videogame-movie idea since...Silent Hill. Another movie Avary wrote the script for.
Just make sure that the movie know's what time period it is in, unlike Driv3r. It had all late 70's and early 80's cars, but present day things like cell phones and laptops. Infogrames have no idea how to make a good game, let's hope the movie won't suck as bad.
when can we see Half Life The Movie (it would be even better if Freemen don't talk in the Movie and just blast away at anything that move)
"I wonder if he'll write the screenplay in 1337-speak. Sorry, the scr33npl4y, I mean." That was terrible
I can think of 10 games I'd rather see on the silver screen than "Dr|v3r". * Deus Ex (The movie was cancelled - why??) * Interstate 76 (*Perfect* for film adaption. The game even plays like a movie, and I can't remember the last time I saw a movie with guns mounted on 70's cars.) * Metal Gear Solid (Even though these games are already more movies than games)..
It sounds intriguing, but the franchise has gone downhill since the first. The only cool parts were the chases... id rather be drivin myself. Although the best car chase scene i have seen is from the original Gone in 60 seconds(not the one with Nick Cage). The movie isnt exactly big budget, but WOW.... when it came to the car chase.
you will all wait forever with antisipation for this film then when it comes it will be crap!!!!!you know deep down i am right.
Ugh. Video games and movies just do not mix. IMO video game/movie crossovers and in game advertising will be the downfall of gaming.
Driver will do better at the box office then selling games, Because Driv3r was more TV than gameplay: But it might bomb Really who Cares about Driver.
I hope Tanner isn't dead after all because all the characters from Driver: PL made me want to pull my hair out and burn my T.V. ( that's why i had to cheat just to make it threw the game before i lost my sanity). Now every time i hear the F word it makes me cringe and want to hit something.
MGS movie is in the making, and is directed by David Hayter (X-Men and the actual voice of Solid Snake :D) But yea the Game sucks so i'm not really excited about this. Can't wait to see silent hill though.
Actually, it should be noted that Roger Avary, the guy we're talking about in this article, also wrote the Silent Hill screenplay.
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