According to Deadline, a deal has almost closed on the rights to adapt PS3 game Heavy Rain into a film. Apparently Bob Shaye and Michael Lynne (with their production company Unique Features) bought the rights using their own money when they were put up for auction.
Deadline doesn’t have much information apart from this…they summarise the story of Heavy Rain as such:
Players hunt the “Origami Killer,” a serial murderer who drowns his victims four days after they are abducted, leaving only a small origami figure and an orchid on the corpse. The game becomes a procedural in which four characters try to solve the crime after another potential victim is kidnapped.
While I haven’t played the game yet, I know a lot about it. The rainy, dull atmosphere looks fantastic, and I’m sure that aspect would translate to film well. But didn’t Quantic Dream (the developer) pride themselves on the fact that the game is like a movie that you can control, where you can affect what happens? Doesn’t making a straight-up adaptation completely void that? Is the plot original enough to stand on its own, outside of that multi-possibility game concept?
It just seems like anything but a “Unique Feature”…and so I find it hard to get excited about this. I’ll be getting the game at some point for sure (it looks great), but making a movie of it completely rids of the unique gameplay premise. It’s making a film out of a game which has the main goal of being like a film. Hm.