A movie based on a video game that bills itself on being like a movie? Yeah, I can see how that’s completely inspired and not a total waste of time.
Variety reports that work on a film adaptation of PS3 game Heavy Rain has been fast-tracked, with David Milch set to write the script – he has previously worked as creator, writer and executive producer on shows such as Deadwood, John from Cincinatti, and the upcoming Luck, starring Dustin Hoffman. Milch will get to work writing Heavy Rain when he has wrapped up work on the first season of Luck, a drama set in the world of horse-racing.
Variety have summarised the plot of Quantic Dream’s game here:
…spans four days of mystery and centers on the hunt for a murderer known as the Origami Killer. Four characters, each following his own leads and with his own motives, take part in a desperate attempt to prevent the killer from claiming a new victim, with each character’s decisions affecting the plans of the other three.
We first reported on the Heavy Rain movie back in May of last year, when the rights to the film were bought by Unique Features. I made my thoughts pretty clear on this in that article.
Heavy Rain is a visually atmospheric game which is supposed to be an “interactive movie;” a game which plays out like a film, in which the player can make decisions to affect the outcomes of the plot and the interactions of characters. Any attempt to make an actual, single-narrative film out of this seems utterly pointless. Why not just write a brand new plot about a serial killer?
There are hundreds of games out there that would make for more fruitful film adaptations, and better yet, there are likely thousands of fantastic scripts that aren’t based on anything.
For the love of God, someone in Hollywood start coming up with some original ideas.