Posted on 09 September 2009.
When Hollywood grabs hold of a “new” concept, you can be sure that every studio will apply this to their respective properties. With all the news of every movie nowadays being taken to the third dimension, it seems “re-boots” are the next big thing.
Bloody Disgusting reports that, while the fourth Resident Evil (in 3D, no less) film hasn’t even begun filming for its August 10th 2010 release, the producers are looking to the fifth film. The producers are planning a “quasi reboot” after the release of Resident Evil: Afterlife. They stated that the current film series is getting slightly expensive to produce, so they are going back to the drawing board with the tentatively titled Resident Evil: Begins. Do we really need a reboot so soon? The series began with Resident Evil in 2002, and the third film Resident Evil: Extinction, was released in 2007.
I have a new rule for movie studios. No reboot unless said film is at least 10 years old or is so horrendous that the public starts a petition for a reboot. Maybe with the reboot in place, the studio can finally make a Resident Evil movie that follows the plot of the video game, which the series is based on. To be honest, the only reason I watch the Resident Evil films is for the hotness that is Milla Jovovich. For me this series will cease to exist if Milla’s role is recast. What’s your reaction to this reboot business?
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Posted on 27 July 2009.
Video gamers one and all, and concerned Mom’s around the world have been conflicted over the massive popularity of Rockstar Games’ “Grand Theft Auto” video game franchise. And no, the original Grand Theft Auto movie was not based on the video game. On one side lie the gamers, loving the thrashing, violence, death, and deep storylines that the GTA series has offered throughout time. On the other side, are “moms” as I will say for this piece, who are against such violence in video games, and usually don’t want their children to play such a mind-destroying game. Somewhere in the middle is Hollywood, looking to score free money by making a movie based on the insanely popular gaming franchise. But alas, it appears that a film based on the hit franchise will not be coming to fruition. The LA Times had this:
“We don’t believe that the Grand Theft Auto games, which are massive in scope and structurally complex, can be adequately compressed into a two-hour movie,” Rockstar Games VP Dan Houser told the LA Times.
“It seems obvious to us that maintaining the long-term integrity of any entertainment property has been dependent on not making substandard spin-off products to people whose primary interest is making a quick buck. If we ever decide to do a film, it will be because we have resolved our creative doubts, and while retaining enough control to ensure that if the movie is terrible, at least we will know we ruined the property ourselves.”
How rare and novel a concept? Someone, or a company in this case, having the fortitude to not have their creation ruined by Tinseltown’s relentless pursuit of the almighty dollar. Bravo to Rockstar, I say. A game on the franchise always seemed a foregone conclusion based on the popularity of the GTA series, but Rockstar apparently has the stones to pony up and say “no” to relinquishing creative control. I like it. As a (mild) fan of the series I am happy with this news. Let’s hope it holds up. There really was only an incredible longshot at making a successful film in the eyes of fnas (and Rockstar), as we have seen so many video games to movie adaptations fail. Doom, anyone? Even the massively popular Halo appears a no-go at this point (due to large budget concerns), as Peter Jackson recently pointed out. At this point, it appears we will not be seeing any “Hot Coffee” on film. Good news or bad on GTA? Chime in.
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