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Take me to your theater – Space Invaders movie in works

Reminder: nothing from your childhood is safe from the clutches of the modern film industry. But just in case 2012′s Battleship didn’t already convince you of that, how about a movie based on Space Invaders? TheWrap reports that Warner Bros. has…
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Uncharted Movie To Begin Filming In 2015

In a new interview, director Seth Gordon details the production timeline for his movie adaptation of Naughty Dog's Uncharted game series.

In an interview with Zap2It, Gordon said shooting should begin "…very early next year. That's the plan."

He also talked a little bit about the game's settings, and said that the shooting would take place "all over the world."

Gordon is also still looking for a lead actor to portray Nathan Drake after Mark Wahlberg dropped out of the project after the departure of director David O. Russell.

Gordon said, "I want it to be a great actor. That's number one, and then if it's someone who has an actual jaw, that's even better. The game is so well done that you need it to live up to that. There's no way we'd do the inverse of that where it's somebody famous who can't [act]."

"It's going to honor the mythology of the game," said Gordon. "But I would say honor some of the most interesting stuff from the first one and build from there," he says. "There's some stuff that isn't in the game."

[Source: Zap2It]


Our Take:
While I'm a bit concerned with the fact that this is the third director attached to the project, Uncharted is one of the game series that seems most suited to the big screen. 

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Video Games: The Movie Review

As the title suggests, Video
Games: The Movie
aims to tell the entire history of the industry in a
little over an hour and a half. Whether it's due to having too wide a focus or
just poor craftsmanship, the film is unsatisfying, shallow, and oddly
structured.

As a longtime game journalist, I'm glad to see that
documentarians are turning their eye toward video games; the industry is full
of stories that deserve to be told. Unlike recent films like
Indie Game: The Movie or Free To Play, which were structured
around a handful of individual people,
Video
Games: The Movie
aims higher. It's intended to be a comprehensive history
of video games, from its humble mid-century beginnings to the commercial
dominance of today.

It is a noble idea. Director Jeremy Snead reached out to fans
on Kickstarter in 2013 and raised $ 107,235 – well over his goal of $ 60,000. I
assume much more was contributed by executive producers actor Zach Braff (
Garden State), game designer Cliff
Bleszinski (Gears of War), and Sony executive David Perry (PlayStation Now).
The film has top-notch production values, including a plethora of animated
infographics and an effective opening-credits sequence that details the
evolution of games over time.

Sadly, production values mean little when the film itself is
so muddled. It's one of the most strangely structure documentaries I've ever
seen. Instead of progressing in chronological order, Video Games: The Movie
speeds through its entire timeline in the first half hour, then bounces back in
time spotlighting aspects of the industry's history seemingly at random. One
minute someone is extolling the popularity of League of Legends competitions,
the next we're back in the mid-'90s discussing the controversy over video game
violence.

The film clearly struggles to cover the breadth of history
that would have easily filled a multi-part, Ken Burns-style documentary series.
It also violates a fundamental rule of storytelling: show, don't tell. Video
Games: The Movie
is larded with soundbites from talking heads, as important as
Atari co-founder Nolan Bushnell and superfluous as ex-
Scrubs actor Donald Faison. The insights provided can be
insightful, but are too often glib and come at the expense of the film
relaying the events at hand to the viewer. For example, you could come away
from the section on game violence with no knowledge that the fight made it all
the way to the U.S. Supreme Court a few years ago, in favor of outspoken game
composer Tommy Tallarico saying "Hitler didn't play Crash Bandicoot."


The director also leans too heavily on montages set to various
strains of chipper indie music - to the point where the entire early
history of PC games is reduced to a minute or so of footage ending with
EverQuest. Much of the film also seems to be reduced to mere cheerleading for
the industry. In an opening set of infographics, narrator Sean Astin spends the
viewer's valuable time extolling the virtues and effectiveness of the
industry's ESRB ratings. Executive producer David Perry of Sony and Phil
Spencer of Microsoft are allowed to drone on about the (highly debatable at the
time of this writing) achievements of "cloud gaming." This overly credulous
tone, coupled with the musical montages, makes the movie feel more like a
promotional video to be shown at an E3 press conference than a proper film. If
you are a fan of Wil Wheaton, this is the history of video games for you. The
former Star Trek actor's thoughts and opinions are widely featured in the
movie, much more so than legendary developers like Peter Molyneux and Hideo
Kojima.

As the film flailed around, I wondered who the intended
audience is. Most gamers with a cursory knowledge of the game industry won't
learn much of substance. At the same time, it's not well organized or
compelling enough to sustain the interest of a general moviegoer.

Some interesting footage surfaces of the industry's early
"Wild West" days during the reign of Atari and some priceless video of old
game commercials. The director also does a great job of conveying the passion
of the fans and game designers he interviewed. For many games are much more
than just a hobby, and that love and enthusiasm shows through.

Enthusiasm is one thing; craftsmanship is another. Video
Games: The Movie
has the former in abundance, but its lack of the latter prevents it from telling a compelling tale. As a gamer, I'm glad I watched it,
if only for the segments with some of my favorite creators and the wealth of
vintage footage and photos. As a fan of film, I'm still waiting for the
comprehensive documentary that video games deserve.

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Heavenly Sword movie slicing and dicing in September

Cinedigm announced the Heavenly Sword movie arrives on Blu-ray. DVD and the PlayStation Store on September 2, proving this is still a reality in which the Heavenly Sword movie exists. It’s still so weird to see Blockade Entertainment’s CGI film in…
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Report: Thief movie under way from Vertigo, Prime

A Thief film is in development from Vertigo and Prime Universe, Hollywood news site Tracking Board reports. Adrian Askarieh and Roy Lee, two of the people behind film adaptations of Deus Ex and Minecraft, are tagged to produce.

There’s no extra…
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Dead Rising to become straight-to-Crackle movie

Legendary Digital Media plans to produce a feature-length film based on Capcom’s Dead Rising series, Variety reported. The movie will stream via Sony’s Crackle channel, an app available via many game consoles and devices.

Lorenzo di Bonaventura,…
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Dead Rising Movie Adaptation To Me Made For Sony’s Crackle Service

Legendary Pictures is creating a movie based on Capcom's Dead Rising franchise which will release first on Sony's video-on-demand service Crackle.

Variety reports that the film will be produced by Lorenzo di Bonaventura (who had a hand in creating the blockbuster Transformers film franchise) in partnership with Contradiction Films, which did the Mortal Kombat: Legacy digital series.

The Dead Rising film will later be released on physical formats and other video-on-demand services but will premier on Crackle.

"Dead Rising has a built-in fan base and rich characters and plotlines that are ideal for digital storytelling and on target for Legendary's brand," said Legendary Digital chief Tom Lesinski. "Crackle and Content are adept at distributing cutting-edge digital content and we look forward to delivering a highly engaging and cool series for a global audience."

[Source: Variety via Polygon]

 

Our Take:
I'm not exactly dying for a Dead Rising movie, but the zombie craze doesn't appear to be going away and the property does have a certain gonzo humor that I hope the filmmakers preserve. It will be interesting to see how large an audience it reaches; I don't know anyone who uses Crackle on a regular basis.

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Video Games: The Movie finds publisher, release date

Following a controversial, yet undeniably successful crowdfunding campaign, Video Games: The Movie has been picked up for theatrical distribution in North America on July 18.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Variance Films will distribute the…
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Sony ‘in talks’ with Metal Gear Solid movie director

Sony Pictures has finally infiltrated movie development hell on a sneaking mission to make its Metal Gear Solid movie. A Tuesday report in Deadline said the studio is in talks with director Jordan Vogt-Roberts to bring Hideo Kojima’s tale of…
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Ben Foster playing Medivh in upcoming Warcraft movie

We’ve known for almost half a year now some of the names attached to the Warcraft movie directed by Duncan Jones, but we haven’t known who the actors would be playing. However, actor Ben Foster (3:10 to Yuma, X-Men: The Last Stand) recently revealed…
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