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Spoiler Alert! When Microsoft went digging in the desert this past April, they found the fabled resting place of thousands of Atari 2600 cartridges (including hundreds of copies of E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial). Over the years, many people tried to pass off the mass burial as some kind of hoax or urban legend. But the truth was never really in doubt. Atari had trouble selling their games during the Christmas season of 1983 and trucked their unsold stock to a landfill in Alamogordo, New Mexico.
So instead of focusing solely on the dig, Zak Penn’s documentary, Atari: Game Over, also looked into the culture of the company at the time and how the then biggest movie of all time could produce such a lousy tie-in game. This includes conversations with Atari executives, local politicians from the Alamogordo area, game historians, and the developer behind the infamous game, Howard Warshaw.
If you were in attendance at San Diego Comic-Con this weekend, you had a chance to see the premiere screening of Atari: Game Over for yourself. The rest of us will have to wait until this Fall, when it debuts on Xbox Live as one of the first (and last) Xbox Entertainment Studios offerings. For now, we’ll have to content ourselves with the trailer embedded above.
According to the Hollywood Reporter, the Uncharted film will get a planned release on June 10, 2016, bumping The Amazing Spider-Man 3 back to 2018.
This may come as a surprise to some, given that the production team has changed directors and writers multiple times. From David O. Russell’s weird crime family concept, with DeNiro and Pesci as Nathan Drake’s non-canonical father and uncle, to Neil Burger’s short tenure as director, the production has been stuck in development hell for a while.
This version of the film is being written by David Guggenheim, not to be confused with Davis Guggenheim, director of An Inconvenient Truth. David Guggenheim has action credits under his belt with movies like Safe House, and Nicholas Cage vehicle Stolen. Slightly more promising is the current director Seth Gordon, director of Horrible Bosses and the WarGames remake. More importantly for gamers, he directed the quintessential documentary about what a horrible person Billy Mitchell is (also Donkey Kong), King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters.
No word yet on whether or not the production team has made the right choice and decided to hire Nathan Fillion to play Drake.
I don’t how this will impact the planned live-action adaptation, but Comcept and Digital Frontier have announced they’ve begun work on an animated adaptation of Mighty No. 9.
The project is still in the early stages, but Digital Frontier wants to create an “action-packed comedy aimed at kids 6-11″ that they hope will appeal to adults as well. If the teaser video above is any indication, I think they’ve got a shot at doing just that. Produced for this weekend’s Anime Expo in Los Angeles, the video is a neat little taste of things to come. However, according to an FAQ posted on the official Mighty No. 9 site, no one has officially signed on to the animated adaptation as of yet. Digital Frontier is still looking for writers, a director, and voice actors. Because of this, we don’t know when Mighty No. 9: The Animated Series will make its television debut.
But hopefully the announcer sticks around, he’s pretty awesome.
Legendary Pictures, the film company behind Man of Steel, Godzilla, and the long-gestating adaptation of BioWare’s Mass Effect, has picked up the rights to develop a film based on Capcom’s zombie smasher Dead Rising. However, rather than aiming for the silver screen, the project is the first to emerge from Legendary’s Digital Media division. The company is working with producers Tomas Harlan and Tim Carter of Contradiction Films, who were previously responsible Mortal Kombat: Legacy. Carter will also write the screenplay, although there is no word on a director just yet.
The film will initially be distributed via Sony’s Crackle streaming service in North America, while Content Media Corp. has snagged the international distribution rights. Content Media also released Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn and is distributing the much-anticipated Street Fighter: Assassin’s Fist oh home video formats. Tom Lesinski, President of Content and Distribution at Legendary Digital Media, spoke highly of both companies, as well as the source material:
Dead Rising has a built-in fan base and rich characters and plotlines that are ideal for digital storytelling and on target for Legendary’s brand. Crackle and Content are adept at distributing cutting-edge digital content and we look forward to delivering a highly engaging and cool series for a global audience.
After its run on Crackle, the Dead Rising film will be released on DVD and become available to download through On Demand services.
Speaking to Collider, director Paul W.S. Anderson has revealed that he has begun work on the sixth Resident Evil movie. The film is currently without a name, but Anderson’s working title is Resident Evil: The Final Chapter, so we might be looking at the final Resident Evil film adaptation:
“Resident Evil: The Final Chapter may end up being the final title, but that’s what’s written on the front page of my script. I’m right in the middle of [the first draft].”
And like the previous films in the franchise, Anderson plans to film Resident Evil: The Final Chapter in 3D:
“I firmly believe that you have to start thinking about the 3D even in the writing process. You cannot make a great 3D movie by just—it’s not some special sauce that you can sprinkle on. You make the dish and then you make hot sauce on top—it doesn’t work well like that. Yes, you can do a last minute conversion. You can not shoot the movie thinking about 3D and do a last minute conversion and it can be a 3D movie, it’s just not gonna be a great 3D movie.”
Resident Evil: The Final Chapter doesn’t have a set release date yet, but when asked if it’ll premiere in 2015 or 2016, Anderson replied: “Depends how fast I write, I guess.”
I keep saying it, and I’ll say it again: it’s an exciting time for video games and the people who play them. Hollywood has finally caught on, and now Video Games: The Movie, a documentary produced by Zach Braff (and narrated by Sean Astin, squee!) has been picked up by Variance Films and will make its way to theaters – and your living room – in July of this year. There are lots of amazing people interviewed in it, including Cliff Bleszinkski, Alison Haislip, Hideo Kojima, and my personal favorite, Nolan Bushnell.
Director Jeremy Snead told The Hollywood Reporter: “Games are a part of the human experience and permeate our culture now more than ever before. I’m thrilled that my film will expose the world to a never-before-told story of the men and women who built this industry, as well as what it has become and what it will continue to evolve into, and I’m thrilled to be partnering with Variance to bring it out to the world.”
While this isn’t the first time this story has been told – unless Snead doesn’t want to count the books written on the topic, that is – it looks like it’s going to be an amazing documentary.
Video Games: The Movie will be available on Tuesday, July 15th through On Demand services, and in theaters in Canada and the United States on Friday, July 18th.
We already knew the Ratchet & Clank movie was coming soon, but what came as a surprise is that a remake of the first game in the franchise, also titled Ratchet & Clank, will be released for the PS4 in early 2015. Which is roughly the same time as the movie.
Not just happy with showing video games, Sony showed off an original show, Powers, a television show based on the popular graphic novel.
Powers is a show about homicide detectives that work cases specifically centered around superpowers. Think of it as “Law and Order: Dead Super Heroes Unit.” The show is being run by Brian Michael Bendis, the creator of the original comic series, so expect it to stay very true to the source material.
More info will be dropped throughout the Summer. The show itself will hit the PS4 this December.