Heavy Rain film deal looking likely
- Posted May 19th, 2010 at 20:28 EDT by Brian Albert
- 13 Comments
We hear rumors of video game movie deals all the time. Most turn out to be nothing more than small blips that disappear as quickly as they arrived. However, some do survive the speculation phase.
A recent auction for the screen rights pertaining to Heavy Rain is winding down. A deal with Bob Shaye and Michael Lynne, the minds behind both Seven and Unique Features film studio, is reported to be nearing finalization. Using their own money, the duo placed the top bid in an auction held by developer Quantic Dream.
While there is indeed potential, many are skeptical that the magic of Heavy Rain would be lost in translation. After all, the game focused on providing a personalized story complete with different outcomes for each person who played it - a feat yet impossible for filmmakers to achieve.
Dave-The-Rave | Dave-The-Rave
- 3:35pm EDT - May 19th, 2010
A movie could actually tighten up a lot of the lose ends in the game. Can't wait.
- 3:46pm EDT - May 19th, 2010
nope. the story is nothing amazing. only the gameplay is for VIDEO GAMES!
- 3:47pm EDT - May 19th, 2010
Put simply, don't do it.
Heavy Rain is a game that attempts to make gamers experience emotion dependent on the unique varying choices that each individual gamer makes in order to achieve a personalised experience and therefore chain of emotions. For a game concentrating on uniqueness, choice, personalisation and emotional value, a film simply cannot be made. The play-style and the way in which the game is experienced is unique, and therefore cannot be replicated in a film.
Quantic Dream emphasised the concepts of choice within this game, so making it into a moviewould just be stupid - game-to-movie adaptations are poor, and being as they stressed over te uniqueness of the sequence of events that will unfold for each player, surely they know this better than anyone. Making a movie would be a stupid move. Quantic Dream are a company that listen to their cosumers, so I believe that if many people are against the idea of a Heavy Rain movie, it won't be done. The essence and values of this game cannot be captured in a movie. Even if a movie is produced, the emotion, choices, personalisation and uiqueness of this game will not be present.
This movie may be produced, and it may have the same name, but it will most certainly not be Heavy Rain.
- 4:15pm EDT - May 19th, 2010
Actually the story is amazing.
DreDayDetox | That's for me to know and you to find out.
- 5:22pm EDT - May 19th, 2010
@2: Like you would know anything about a decent story.
- 5:42pm EDT - May 19th, 2010
I\\\'d like to see it as a movie
- 6:27pm EDT - May 19th, 2010
Excellent story which screamed movie from the moment I played through it.
The characters are well realised with depth and purpose. Even knowing who the origami killer is, would not prevent this from being an excellent film with particular focus on Ethan's struggle, Jayden's progress through the story and [spoiler deleted]
Green light this as soon as possible. You have the cast, with the possible exception of Jayden. While I liked the actor, if they could hire Duchovny, he'd play Jayden even better.
They also need better actors for the kids...
- 6:31pm EDT - May 19th, 2010
I wouldnt mind a movie, there where a few plotholes in the game they might be explained in the movie or tooken out to tighten the story and to make more sense
- 6:33pm EDT - May 19th, 2010
No, Heavy Rain IS the film, it doesnt need to be made into a feature film
it wont translate well, it will just be another mysery crime drama
- 9:22pm EDT - May 19th, 2010
Well, Heavy Rain is great, but I can't imagine this working out as a movie at all. The game is basically an enhanced movie, due to the power of videogames added to the formula. Making it a movie would only remove the factor that makes this so special. The gaming aspect allows for deeper connections to the characters and it allows for the game to contain many more details than a movie could. When you have to make your story compact enough for a movie, you are usually not able to include as much content as you can include in a game. (Especially because people may be willing to play 10h+, but they are not willing to watch that long)
Also, there was no game like this before, but there are certainly tons of movies with stories like this one and there's no reason to think that this one will surpass them.
- 4:20am EDT - May 20th, 2010
@10 - no one expects every movie to be the best movie ever made.
If a story is worth telling, then why not tell it?
Not everyone plays video games, and out of the people who do, not all of them have played heavy rain.
- 3:04pm EDT - May 20th, 2010
Waste of time.. just play the game lol it's practically a movie itself, this is just a money grab
- 5:38am EDT - May 21st, 2010
Why would I watch a whodunnit movie knowing who done it.
My point is I've played the game, I know who the OG killer is, so why watch the movie.
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