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Avi Arad Says Uncharted Movie is Game-Changer, Mass Effect Movie 5 to 6 Years Away


Tenacious film producer Avi Arad is known for helping create the current golden age of comic book movies, particularly, Arad helped turn Marvel Studios into the golden goose it is today. For this reason, those in the video game world are watching very closely to see if he can work the same magic with video game adaptations. Recently, Eric Jou of Kotaku caught up with Arad for an interview in the China Daily to talk about Arad’s goals and plans for projects in China. In touching on comic book movies, the conversation first revolved around Resident Evil, which Arad views as very good but just shy of the perception altering smash hit that the genre needs. ”Converting games to film hasn’t been done yet successfully, though Resident Evil did very well—it was actually a great series. I remember when [producer] Bernd Eichinger started it,” said Arad. He continued, ”I was working with him, I just couldn’t do that at Marvel but I had a good feeling about it, it’s a fantastic fra...

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-Foxtrot2810d ago

"Converting games to film hasn’t been done yet successfully, though Resident Evil did very well—it was actually a great series."

Just because it did well in the box office doesn't mean they are good films. They are terrible and are nothing like the games. Paul W.S Anderson just doesn't have a clue

I really don't see why Sony don't hire Amy Hennig who wrote the games scripts and let her transform them into film scripts. All you have to do is condense the script down for a 2 hour film and fill in the gameplay gaps. The dialogue is great enough and I wouldn't honestly care if the majority of it was copied and pasted. I'd rather have a copy and pasted GOOD movie then a crappy one which doesn't respect the source material.

We need Nolan North though, I think Sony should give him Richard and Emily a chance. Just get Nolan on a bulk up diet, add some make up to make him look younger and we have a great film on our hands

Crazay2809d ago

I agree that Nolan needs to play the role of Drake and I also absolutely agree with you when you say that the original story writer should be at least brought in to write the movie....If nothing else, as a creative advisor

medman2808d ago

There is no way a major studio is going to sign off on Nolan North in the lead when they are spending the type of money they do to produce and market a film. They would want a name guy to draw casual fans in, regardless of what the movie is about. Only videogame fans would be excited if Nolan North got the role, while the general public would be scratching their heads saying "Nolan who?". That is not the way to launch a film you hope to turn into a franchise. You must see that, even if you are a Nolan North supporter.

-Foxtrot2808d ago (Edited 2808d ago )

First of all Sony would be that major studio and since it's Sony who's games division owns NaughtyDog they should give him a chance.

Second....what about if the villains are well known actors you can promote the film with. Roman and Navarro, hell even Eddie Raja could be played by big stars to use in the promotion material. You could even though some cameos in aswell or you could even give the first film a small budget to work with. Studios have to take risks. Some of the big stars today were given chances and look where they are now.

It can be done and yes I can see see that thats why I can see other options.

Simon_Brezhnev2809d ago

It will probably flop. TBH Mass Effect is just Star Trek.

miyamoto2809d ago (Edited 2809d ago )

Shadow of the Colossus is also in the making FYI
Ratchet and Clank too
I need a Sonic the Hedgehog movie too.

-Foxtrot2808d ago

You could watch this

Best film your going to get with Sonic in my opinion, make sure you watch the uncut version though (not sure if the english one is still around) since most of the rude jokes and adult like humour is cut from the standard film.

coolbeans2809d ago

The reason why videogames-to-movie format don't really work is because of just how many games already have deep roots in a different movie setting.

-There's already dozens of original zombie films before Resident Evil came about.
-Mass Effect is deeply inspired by dozens of other sci-fi operas
-Uncharted and Tomb Raider with Indiana Jones
-Halo with Starship Troopers
-and on and on and on

That's what makes the videogame material infinitely better (in most cases) than the movie adaptation. We're able to see thematic and/or aesthetic inspirations translated to a different format.

ajax172809d ago

With the exception of BioShock.

coolbeans2808d ago

Hmmm...that's a good point. Outside of what others have mentioned for the aesthetic nature of Dark City (haven't seen film yet), there really isn't anything that I know of in movies Bio has directly from.

medman2808d ago (Edited 2808d ago )

I think a large part of the reason videogame movies fail is generally a new film doesn't get the budget neccessary to do the source material justice. A Halo or Mass Effect film would need a budget of 200 million plus to do the material proper justice. How many studios are willing to spend that on a new, unproven entity, plus whatever the marketing budget will be for the movie? None. Hence, sci-fi videogame movies in particular will struggle because you can't make these films cost efficient and make the fans or the public happy simultaneously. An Uncharted film could perhaps succeed, because it doesn't have to rely on all the effects that a Halo or ME film would need.

ironfist922809d ago

Video game stories are made for the medium its on, Video games. THe premise gives us a reason to interact with the game. Translating it to film loses that connection, and the intention, and thats why i believe it ends up being a mess.

People say Uncharted film would be great, but its basically Indiana Jones for a newer generation, nothing exciting for the film world, but is exhilarating for the gaming world.