Naughty Dog’s The Last of Us is already one of the PlayStation 3′s most cinematic video games, but for Sony, that may not be enough. It looks like they may be planning a full-on movie adaptation, as TheLasTofusMovie.net and TheLasTofus-Movie.com were both registered by online brand protection agency MarkMonitor using a Sony Pictures address.
This could be an early step in getting the ball rolling on adapting one of the PS3′s greatest games — and arguably one of the best games ever — into a movie, or it could just be Sony’s way of protecting their IP, should they decide to take the movie route down the road. READ MORE
I hope you have some snacks handy, because I’m about to drop another trio of horror shorts, crafted with utmost care by your fellow Bloody Disgusting readers. Demons? Check. Zombies? Check. A vampire with a conscience? Check and check.
After the jump I have So Dark, Six Feet Under, and We Are What We Eat. They’re all wildly different horror films that share the theme of good vs. evil. If you have some time to spare, you should definitely check these out. READ MORE
Okay, first thing’s first. Episode 1.04 of NBC’s “Hannibal” isn’t “Coquilles”, it’s “Ceuf”. As we reported earlier, it wasn’t even sent out to critics in a mailer containing the first few episodes, so this call was made a while ago (ostensibly by Fuller himself).
I know a lot of you were upset at the potential of “Coquilles” being pulled because of those flayed out human angel sculptures. Well, no worries – you’ll still see those on Thursday! That’s not the episode they’re sitting on. “Ceuf” features “Molly Shannon’s character brainwashing kids, leading them to kill other children.”
As previously reported, that episode is being broken up into bits, with commentary from Fuller, and posted on the web. The idea here is to bridge the continuity between Episodes 3 and 5. And the first one of these is available now.
Head inside to check it out! “Hannibal” airs at 10/9c on Thursdays. READ MORE
Well, I’m about to explode with excitement. Tomb Raider is out, it’s completely incredible, and I can’t wait for Crystal Dynamics to crank out another one. Even better is they are planning to reboot the movie series as well. I know, it’s a little nerve wrecking when you hear that a video game is tossed into the shark infested waters of the movie world. But the good news is that Crystal Dynamics still very much has a hand in the creation of the movie. Some hopefully they will keep it from going to shit. I’m also hoping they cast Camilla Luddington (below) the voice of Lara in the newly rebooted game as Lara in the movie. Check out the full story over at VARIETY.
The Super Movie Bros. produced indie horror film The Slender Man has been made available online, because as its creator says, “The Slender Man belongs to the internet.” Slenderman started in a forum thread back in 2009 before going on to inspire several terrifying web series like Marble Hornets, to video games like Mark Hadley’s Slenderman: The Eight Pages, to films. He’s seen a bit of a renaissance in video games lately with numerous indie developers jumping on the success of Hadley’s indie horror hit. From the looks of it, this dapper creature may see a similar surge in popularity in films as well — just don’t confuse this with the other Slenderman movie that’s releasing this summer. I have the full movie waiting for you after the jump, just make sure your doors are locked before you press play. READ MORE
Correct me if I’m wrong, but it looks like the books that the upcoming Vampire Academy is based on are doing some fairly shameless Twilight aping. That being said, this thing takes place in a school, right? So the hiring of Mark Waters (Heathers) to write and Dan Waters (Mean Girls) to direct is actually a pretty damn good sign. After all, Heathers and Mean Girls are two of mainstream cinema’s best high school takedowns so perhaps they can do something interesting and sharp with this.
Don Murphy (Transformers 1-4) is producing, so it looks like this thing might actually happen. In the film, “Rose Hathaway is a Dhampir, half human/vampire, guardians of the Moroi, peaceful, mortal vampires living discretely within our world. Her legacy is to protect the Moroi from bloodthirsty, immortal Vampires, the Strigoi. This is her story.”
You can check out more on the film’s Facebook page. Based on the talent involved, color me interested. Also, someone let me know if these books are actually any good!
Coheed And Cambria frontman Claudio Sanchez recently spoke with The Hollywood Reporter about his plans to bring his graphic novel series The Amory Wars to the big screen. Earlier this year he and his Evil Ink Comics imprint teamed up with Mark Wahlberg (The Departed; producer of “Entourage” and “Boardwalk Empire”), Leverage and producer Stephen Levinson ( “Entourage”,”Boardwalk Empire” and Contraband).
Sanchez said it’s not 100% full steam yet, “It’s very preliminary stages. Because the mythology is very dense and a lot of parts are already created … it’s just trying to find the right starting point to get people attracted to it.”
The story of The Amory Wars is set in Heaven’s Fence, a fantasy universe run by a tyrannical dictator named Wilhelm Ryan, and is inspired by Sanchez’s vast conceptual tale surrounding Coheed and Cambria’s albums. “I’d love to see the band’s music make a cameo. Not necessarily as the soundtrack but as Stan Lee does for the Marvel movies maybe the music could pop in once in a while.”
Sanchez plans on being hands-on with the story, “Being the creator I’d certainly like to think [I’ll be very involved in the movie],” he says. “That’s certainly our understanding going forward in the partnership.” And, he thinks it could be a bit. “It’s a universal story and I think it’s going to draw a bigger audience than just the band’s. I think it has already.”
More on this as it comes in. Fans of the graphic novel, are you psyched for this version?
It’s always exciting and scary when you hear about a video game movie being made. You could end up with a huge pile of shit, or in the rare case, a masterpiece. The nice thing is Ubisoft is behind the movie along with New Regency so that definitely gives me more hope for the movie. Even better, Michael Fassbender (X-Men First Class, Prometheus) is said to be starring in the film. I hoping he’ll be taking on the lead role, but no word yet. What do you guys think, yay or nay to the Assassin’s Creed movie?
Award-Winning French Filmmaker Fabien Martorell (Tromatized: Meet Lloyd Kaufman) is set to adapt and direct Snuff written by NY Times Best seller / cult sensation Chuck Palahniuk (“Fight Club”, “Choke”). Martorell will direct the script that he co-wrote with Golan Ramras. Producers Jean Pierre Magro and Dean O’Toole will finance and produce through their London-based Immortal Transmedia along with Ramras, Martorell and Aperture Entertainment’s Adam Goldworm.
The film is “an R-rated story of love and redemption set in the green room of the world’s biggest gang bang; porn priestess Cassie Wright intends to cap her legendary career by breaking the world record for serial fornication on camera with 600 men. Snuff unfolds from the perspectives of Mr. 72, Mr. 137, and Mr. 600, who await their turn on camera and are each connected to Cassie in strange ways. Like in all of Palahniuk’s twisted tales, nobody is who they seem to be and things are going to get worse before they get better.“
Director Juan Carlos Fresnadillo might’ve jumped ship, leaving the BioShock film on indefinite hold, but that doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy this fan-made short film. Honestly, a BioShock movie doesn’t need to exist. The original was fantastic on its own, and with BioShock: Infinite on the way there’s plenty for fans to look forward to from the series right now.
Let’s forget about Hollywood’s version of one of the most celebrated games of all time, because there’s no chance it’ll compare to the real thing. Instead, I think you should head past the break for a look at this stunning fan-made film. It’ll make you ache for a return to Rapture’s hallowed halls. READ MORE
The insane Image Comics series, Cowboy Ninja Viking, scribed by AJ Lieberman and Riley Rossmo, finally has a director attached to the project under Universal Pictures. That man is none other than Marc Forster, director of Quantum of Solace and the upcoming World War Z adaptation. The rights to the film were originally owned by Disney, but that fell through for one reason or another. More details below. Read on for the skinny
Get ready to cringe or rejoice, as I have the brand spanking new trailer for the fifth flick in the popular Resident Evil film franchise, the unfortunately titled Re5ident Evil: Retribution 3D. It’s like Hollywood has some sort of awful movie title generator where you pull a lever and whatever this machine comes up with is going to be the title of your film. If it’s a sequel, you need to replace an ‘E’ with a 3, an ‘A’ with a 4, or a ‘S’ with a 5. That’s Movie Title Creation 101, folks. If it’s in 3D, you also have to add that to the title, because people are stupid, so how else are they going to know it’s in 3D?
Since you undoubtedly have better things to do than listen to me complain about movie titles — maybe think about a far more exciting Resident Evil reveal that may or may not be unveiled tomorrow? Check out the trailer and an official synopsis, after the break. READ MORE
Mike Patton, the enigmatic frontman behind Faith No More, Mr. Bungle, Tomahawk, and more, has been tapped by writer/director Derek Cianfrance to score the upcoming crime thriller/drama The Place Beyond The Pines.
Starring Ryan Gosling, Bradley Cooper, Rose Byrne, Eva Mendes, Ray Liotta, and more, the story revolves around a motorcycle stunt rider (Gosling) who considers committing a crime in order to provide for his newborn child, an act that puts him on a collision course with a cop-turned-politician (Cooper). The film apparently has a release date of Sept. 26th, 2012 in France, but only an ambiguous 2012 release date for the US.
Patton scored Crank 2: High Voltage and The Solitude Of Prime Numbers as well as providing voicework for The Darkness and Left 4 Dead.
Patton is also hard at work on another Tomahawk record, which has a tentative release date for late summer.
Like all good games, Left 4 Dead is getting itself a fan made film. If this trailer is any indication, this one might be pretty great. It starts off pretty strong, with Bill, my personal favorite of the group (I have a thing for older men) before introducing us to the rest of the bunch. If anything, they deserve kudos for finding four actors who look remarkably similar to their virtual counterparts. Check it out below.
The makeup and special effects look great; I wasn’t sure how they’d pull off a Smoker but after catching a glimpse of it I’d say they did a damn good job with it. No word on when we can expect the full thing but I’d totally watch something like this. READ MORE
Not many people know this, but until I turned 16 and realized how god awful I am at telling people what to do (a very important strength for directors), I was well on my way to becoming the next John Carpenter. Well, I suppose I would’ve been more of a Uwe Boll, really. Unfortunately, my half-finished zombie flick was missing some crucial elements like a decent script, since everything was written by yours truly and many of you know how loose my grasp on this whole writing thing is. The movie was also called Biohazard, and yes, I was inspired by Resident Evil’s japanese title. However, I’m positive my movie would’ve been a success if I had this fantastic invention to give me a better title, like the one you can see below.
Yeah, I totally would’ve used that. That’s the type of title that gets Michael Bay money, and it’s all thanks to Generator Land’s Horror Movie Title Generator. The best thing about this, other than the hilarious titles it comes up with, is it requires no effort on your part to use. That’s critical for lazy bastards such as myself. So I’m going to ask something of you all: check it out and come back here so you can share the title it gave you in the comments. The person with the best title gets my undying love and affection. READ MORE
Now this is surprising. It would seem the Halloween films, as rebooted by director Rob Zombie, were being pitched as a motion control game for current gen consoles. From Creative Director Thierry Perreau’s LinkedIn profile, you can see he listed work as a Game Designer for a Halloween title for the Wii, Xbox 360 (Kinect) and PS3 (PS Move). How incredible would something like that be? I wouldn’t mind flailing my arms as I run from Michael Myers, or better yet, making Psycho style stab motions in the air as I slay my unsuspecting prey as Michael. I would totally go out and buy that.
I’m not sure whatever happened to the idea since to our knowledge it never got passed the “pitch” stage of video game development, but my mind’s already reeling with the possibilities. Of course I don’t think such a game would put us in the shoes, or boots I should say, of iconic serial killer Michael Myers, since that would only be fuel for the tired argument of whether video games make gamers violent (spoiler: they don’t). What about you? Does the idea of a motion control Halloween game get your nether regions all aflutter, or is this something you could live without? READ MORE
It looks like the Devil May Cry may be getting the ever-popular film adaptation treatment, and it’ll be done by the folks that brought us the Resident Evil films. Variety reports that Screen Gems has acquired the rights to a big screen adaptation of Capcom’s 10 million unit seller and Kyle Ward has been brought on to write up the script.
Ward also penned the screenplay for the upcoming Kane & Lynch adaptation starring Bruce Willis and Jamie Foxx. My only question is whether the film will follow the old Dante we all know and love or the new and improved Emo Dante so many people seem to hate? It makes sense if Capcom wants to push the game’s new look for them to go with the revamped Dante but there’s also a chance that less people will want to see the film if it stars a character they have no connection to (yet). But ultimately, it’s up to you. Which wise-cracking badass would you prefer to see on the big screen? READ MORE
A few days ago there was a rumbling of a Dead Island movie in the works but it would seem that report was a little premature. According to the game’s Facebook page they’re still considering a Dead Island film but they haven’t signed with anyone yet as a “high-quality movie is the #1 thing we’re concerned about for a film adaptation.”
When it comes to bad video game films Hollywood’s batting a thousand so it’s reassuring to see a studio taking a potential film adaptation of their IP seriously. I don’t think I could sit through another Hitman, Bloodrayne, House of the Dead, Max Payne, Doom, Street Fighter, Wing Commander, Alone in the Dark, gasp, Far Cry, Mortal Kombat 2 (the first didn’t entirely suck), Laura Croft or Prince of Persia again. Yeah, I know I skipped Resident Evil and Silent Hill but Milla Jovovich can do no wrong and I actually enjoyed the latter. READ MORE
It hasn’t been but a few days since the game’s incredibly emotional trailer went viral and Hollywood’s already laying plans for a film adaptation. Could this be the video game movie we’ve all been dreaming for? Looking at Hollywood’s pedigree, I’ll be keeping my hopes low until I know more.
What we know so far is The Sean Daniel Company and Union Entertainment have purchased the film rights to Dead Island. Sean Daniel (The Mummy) will be producing the film alongside Union’s Dmitri Johnson and Richard Liebowitz and apparently, they’ve already begun the search for a writer as well as talks with studios. So the only question remains, would do you want in a Dead Island film? READ MORE
The Uncharted series is undoubtedly one of the best video game series out there right now. And the 3rd titled “Drakes Deception” is set to release next November 1st. Also as of now, it’s looking to sell better than any other title in 2011 thus far. Pre-orders over at ShopTo.net for the game have surpassed all others including Gears Of War 3.
Problems? The movie is in production right now. Who is playing Nathan Drake? Mark fucking Wahlberg. Look, I don’t have a problem with him, but I have a large problem with him playing Nathan Drake. Who should play Nathan Drake? Nathan Fillion. Or even the man who does the voice of Nathan Drake himself, Nolan North. Anyone else? Screens and trailer past the break. READ MORE
Is this real? Please tell me it’s real! It’s not? Well, damn. If it was I’d play the shit out this game then when I was done I’d get up, make myself a delicious sandwich, and sit down to play it again. Check out an incredibly well-made trailer for The Brothers Mario below.
There’s an important lesson to be learned here, and that’s to never bring a hammer to a gun fight.READ MORE
G4TV got an exclusive 1st look at the next Resident Evil CGI movie ‘Damnation’ which you can check out below. You can see the full trailer packaged onto the Resident Evil Afterlife DVD which releases December 28th, just in time to miss Christmas.
Recently Mr. D talked about the comic series XXXombies being turned into a movie. I never read the series because I thought the title was very lame, I have a huge problem not reading comics because of the title. Well, I’m trying to move past that and I picked up the 4 issue mini-series this weekend. Jump after the break to see my review… READ MORE
Graphic Content just found out from Variety, that the movie rights to Ben Templesmith’s Welcome to Hoxford comic has been bought by 1492. These seems like a odd choice to buy film rights too, but I’m very confident that it can be an amazing movie in the right hands. The story is about a psychiatrist and a patient trying to escape an institution run by werewolves, no stupid love stories or super heroes in this comic. The comic version of Welcome to Hoxford is available now. More info about the buy after the break. READ MORE