Resident Evil Director Wants to Make Movies and Games Together

Resident Evil Director Wants to Make Movies and Games Together

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Resident Evil movie director Paul W.S. Anderson wants to unite the creation of movies and games, and not in the cheap knockoff sense, either.

Videogame movies are tricky, and nobody should know better than Anderson. His first major foray into the videogame movie world, Resident Evil, was not particularly well-received by fans and critics alike. Still, he says, he loves games, and is returning to make Resident Evil: Afterlife, having left the series after the first theatrical release. Although Anderson is planning to direct a number of game movies such as Castlevania and Driver, what he really wants to do is unite the creation of movies and games, creating them both at the same time.

"In the future I want to be developing intellectual properties that will occupy both spaces simultaneously...I've been actively involved in the gaming world for 15 years now, talking to developers ever since Mortal Kombat, so I think I have a very good appreciation for what their needs and what their concerns are," Anderson said. "I think I really do know how to join the two medias together in a successful way, and that's what I'll be working on in the next few years."

Anderson said he intends to kick off his project with the release of Buck Rogers, a late 1920's sci-fi comic that saw a number of television and theatrical releases over the years, the most recent being in 1981.

"Buck Rogers is something that's starting from ground zero right now, so that's definitely something that I would be considering doing. Really my approach to bridging the two medias is from Buck onwards," Anderson said.

Making a game and making a movie are two entirely different beasts, but uniting the development could at least bring both to equal levels of polish.

Source: MTV Multiplayer

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It's a general rule that movies based on games suck and games based on movies suck. Sometimes both suck.

Besides, don't they practically make games at the same time as big movies anyway? I remember the Avatar game being out at the same time as the movie.

Considering how off topic and awful the films were, I honestly hope he's not even remotely suggesting that he's going to take part at all in the production of future Resident Evil games.

So...he wants to make bad games as well as bad movies? I don't understand his logic!

The best way to appreciate movies based on games is to show up buzzed, sneak a fifth, and maintain your buzz throughout the whole movie. I suspect many movies would be better with this treatment but video game movies in particular need it.

maybe give a good movie based video game

Resident Evil the movie was the biggest pile of wank ever to taint my VHS video player... Such a shame as well, seeing how the Resident Evil video game series (0 - Code Veronica) is excellent.

Does anyone else think about 'Enter the Matrix' when he talks about this? Remember how they pushed that game out while it still felt and played like a beta because of the movie release date? Do we REALLY want to make this the standard? Unless you halt the release of a movie title until you finish with the game you intend to tie-in, a movie release deadline is one of the most harsh. It cannot be delayed, that is when the movie shall come out and if you do not release the game within the first WEEK of release, people will lose interest. Worse yet, if the game contains PLOT POINTS the movie does not, this would leave a great deal of your audience confused as to how certain things happened. This is because, and this is important, NOT EVERYONE WHO WATCHES THE MOVIE WILL PLAY THE GAME.

Having the same people who make the movie make the game has been done before, and it left a bad taste in my mouth.

Didn't James Cameron try this "Game and Movie" build with Avatar, sharing resources and taking stuff that was in the game and put it into the movie, and the game sales failed miserably?

If the biggest budgeted film in history with one of the most legendary directors in history couldn't do it, why should Paul be any better?

sonic232:
Does anyone else think about 'Enter the Matrix' when he talks about this?

I thought of "Street Fighter The Movie: The Game", were Paul WS Anderson makes a film about a video game and then makes a game about the film.

Firstly, life imitating art imitating crap, secondly faffle sauce.

FinalDream:
So...he wants to make bad games as well as bad movies? I don't understand his logic!

Awesome... You sir are awesome.

Meh, I am sure more and more games and movies will be tied in together creatively. And I am sure some will be decent, but most won't.

I can see it now:

Resident Evil: The Game: The Movie: The Game 2: Code: Veronicafterlife

Starring Milla Jovovich as God Mode Sue, and Armande Assante as Jeff the Janitor.

Jeff the Janitor: No no, please don't kill me!
Milla: Do you know what happens to janitors when they're hit by lightning?
Jeff the Janitor: ...que?
Milla: The same thing as everything else.
*make-up artists run out and air brush her face*
Jeff the Janitor: ...el fuck?

If they can pull this off, praise to you. If not, you fail, horribly, on two fronts.

Austin MacKenzie:

Making a game and making a movie are two entirely different beasts, but uniting the development could at least bring both to equal levels of polish.

Or it could bring an even new level of suck to the playing field. Yeah it might help but there is also the better chance that the artistic differences in the game developer and the director/producer could lead to something that was not intended to happen at all which could be a good thing or a whole new level of crap movie and game.

sonic232:
Does anyone else think about 'Enter the Matrix' when he talks about this? Remember how they pushed that game out while it still felt and played like a beta because of the movie release date? Do we REALLY want to make this the standard? Unless you halt the release of a movie title until you finish with the game you intend to tie-in, a movie release deadline is one of the most harsh. It cannot be delayed, that is when the movie shall come out and if you do not release the game within the first WEEK of release, people will lose interest. Worse yet, if the game contains PLOT POINTS the movie does not, this would leave a great deal of your audience confused as to how certain things happened. This is because, and this is important, NOT EVERYONE WHO WATCHES THE MOVIE WILL PLAY THE GAME.

Having the same people who make the movie make the game has been done before, and it left a bad taste in my mouth.

Just to be clear I do not want to see anymore bad games based off of movies either but what you have to realize with games like enter the matrix and such was that usually they are started after the movie has already been in production for quite a while. This usually causes games based on movies to be rushed out the door to meet the street date of the movie even though they need alot more polish and testing. What I think this guy is trying to say is that he would like to start the game at the same time as starting the movie ergo giving the game company a better chance of having a solid game out at the same time as the movie.

We already have a game-movie. It's called FF13.

If he can pull it off and actually make it good, I would be all for it...but making it good, and wanting it to be good arae two different things...

Honestly I don't want him touching any game based movies in the future because he completely F'd up Resident Evil to the point that it made Jill Valentine a second rate banana. WHO THE FUCK IS ALICE!? Oh wait its his wife... No Mr. Anderson I do not want you're wife as Alice in Castlevania making the Belmonts second rate, or (I know hes thinking this in his mind) completely revamping Castlevania to have Simon Belmont as a girl, played of course by his wife.

The way the topic read I thought he wanted to try and tie the RE movies and games together. That idea scared the SHIT out of me.

[EDIT] Goldeneye 007 continues to this day to give me false hope about games and movies. (And yes I know they didn't come out at the same time, but it was GOOD!)

I didn't have a problem with the RE movie. Yeah, it was blisteringly stupid, but I got the impression it knew that and just rolled with it. The only way I could have improved it would be to make a feature-length version of the FMV intro to the first game. Then again, I'm a big sucker for the Narm Charm.

The thought of another Enter the Matrix disturbs me, but I have hope that this kind of thing can be done right. I'm just not sure whose hands to put it in. I don't know how much John Woo had to do with Stranglehold, but every time I play it, I give up an hour or so into it and reinstall Max Payne.

Madmanonfire:
We already have a game-movie. It's called FF13.

I see your Final Fantasy and raise you Metal Gear Solid.

Vigilantis:
completely revamping Castlevania to have Simon Belmont as a girl, played of course by his wife.

I could deal with a Symphony of the Night movie with Milla as Maria (provided she retains the same amount of screen time) and Dani Filth as Alucard.

Well, there are a few good games which are based on movies: Goldeneye for the N64 and the recent Ghostbusters: The Video Game come to mind.

And MGS4! Well...MG games in general.

Someone stop this man from making an abomination out of Buck Rogers.

cobrausn:
It's a general rule that movies based on games suck and games based on movies suck. Sometimes both suck.

Besides, don't they practically make games at the same time as big movies anyway? I remember the Avatar game being out at the same time as the movie.

Well there are a few acceptions for games based off movies that were good, also in the newest Resi film is it gonna continue from the third one? Cause if this new/old guy is making it (he did the first not but the second or third, that's what I'm getting from this)

Paul WS Anderson says he likes video games as justification for is continued diabolically shit films.

Well I like French food, that doesn't mean I am a masterful French Chef.

I'll tell you what Anderson is, a producer's best friend, he will make films based on popular game franchises, quickly cheaply and shoot them for the trailer. Easy money.

If Capcom have just a single ounce of sense left in them then they'll never EVER let a mindless hack like Anderson anywhere near any one of their video games licences. He can't even do movies, how the fuck is he going to be at video games which he has NEVER even come close to be involved in the production of.

Also, bull-fucking-shit he is a fan of Resident Evil, his films have virtually nothing to do with the franchise except for a few characters being vaguely superficially similar. He's nothing but a preppy douche who is more influenced by The Matrix than any video game.

Treblaine:
Paul WS Anderson says he likes video games as justification for is continued diabolically shit films.

Well I like French food, that doesn't mean I am a masterful French Chef.

I'll tell you what Anderson is, a producer's best friend, he will make films based on popular game franchises, quickly cheaply and shoot them for the trailer. Easy money.

If Capcom have just a single ounce of sense left in them then they'll never EVER let a mindless hack like Anderson anywhere near any one of their video games licences. He can't even do movies, how the fuck is he going to be at video games which he has NEVER even come close to be involved in the production of.

Also, bull-fucking-shit he is a fan of Resident Evil, his films have virtually nothing to do with the franchise except for a few characters being vaguely superficially similar. He's nothing but a preppy douche who is more influenced by The Matrix than any video game.

I second this! I was going to write something very similar, but yeah, I'll just add that I hope he gets in a car accident so that he can never make a shitty movie off of something I loved ever again. I only liked Mortal Kombat because I was like 7 years old at the time.

Uwe Boll was enough. We don't need another one.

I take that back. Paul W.S. Anderson made the best Video game-Movie adaption in history (Mortal Kombat), but his recent films were horrible and only had 50% to do with the videogames.

well everybody should look on the bright side at least he puts effort when it comes to his video game movies unlike some people *looks at uwe boll*

am I the only one that has respect for the resident evil movies I mean sure it went off on it's own way but I still like it

(I feel the hate already)

The movies suck... why cant they use the brilliant story already created for the games?

All the movies consisted of were: Naked woman in shower, nipple shot, lightning... lightning again, tense music, people with guns, dead people, dead people, not so dead anymore people, zombies, zombies, crazy AI child?! Zombies, zombie dog- Oh no never mind, they are dead. Zombies, zombies, oh no someone died and is now a zombie, zombies, train, licker for about 5 seconds and kills the only likable person in the entire film just as you thought "My word, a character I like is actually going to survive to the end?!", The End... Fantastic... really captured the Resident Evil plot and feel... great.

2nd they decided to mix it up a bit by moving where the licker turned up and intoducing the Nemesis.

3rd one got crows and a stupid version of William Berkin... So they took something that appeared REALLY early in the 1st game and the main enemy from the 2nd WHICH, by the way, (for me) is one of THE greatest video game villains of all time.

Since I'm a gamer, aspiring game developer, and amateur filmmaker, I think this is a good idea. I, unlike most, have an apparently unique ability to be able to watch video game movies without feeling the need to constantly compare them to the source material, and as a result am able to enjoy things like the Residnet Evil films without being an elitist douche about it. And Paul W.S. Anderson has admitted in the past that he's an avid gamer, and that he played through the Resident Evil series before making the films and looked at them from a fan's viewpoint as well as a filmmaking viewpoint.

So he had both aspects to look through. Most, not all, but most of the people who complained that the Resi. Evil films were crap were either film fans who didn't understand the games, or game fans who were pissed off that Anderson came up with a unique and different idea for the story (namely, completely different characters, namely Alice and Matt Addison) and wasn't sticking to what they thought it had to be. And that mentality stayed with them even when old favourites (like Jill Valentine, Carlos Oliveira, or Claire Redfield) showed up, and they wouldn't even give Anderson a chance. An exceptionally hypocritical and unfair move on the so-called 'fans' part.

So what Paul Anderson says here, I agree with. I think that there is definitely scope for games and movies to be united, and he is a great bet to help that out. We saw Heavy Rain take a similar sort of concept, in a way, and that was at least moderately well recieved. However, again speaking as both aspiring developer and filmmaker, I do see some difficulties. It will be tough to break the old mentality that films and games are completely seperate and can't coexist as a unified artform (sadly, a mentality I've seen in this thread a lot, and exceptionally unfair and ungrounded, Uwe Boll's travesties aside). And it'll be tough to figure out a good way of being able to unify games and films, though again, Heavy Rain had a good crack at it that worked reasonably well. I guess only time will tell if what Anderson says can be justified.

Although I enjoyed the first two movies in spite of the raging Sue that Alice became in the second film, I can't believe the creators of them to actually be fans of the games, considering how the characters from the video game were shunted aside in favor of a boring prat of a character.

Riobux:
... I honestly hope he's not even remotely suggesting that he's going to take part at all in the production of future Resident Evil games.

I very much agree. It could be worse, though; it could be the folks who are (unfortunately) making the Shadow of the Colossus movie.

 

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