Red Faction Movie Coming to Syfy

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Red Faction Movie Coming to Syfy

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THQ has joined with Syfy to produce a two-hour television movie based on Red Faction which could also serve as a jumping-off point for a new series.

Earlier this month, THQ Vice President Danny Bilson talked about incorporating the Red Faction franchise into "the most robust trans-media plays anybody's ever seen in the games business," a strategy which would include the development of a movie based on the games. True to his word, a movie deal has been announced, but it may not be quite as "triple-A" as we expected.

Instead of hitting the silver screen, the Red Faction movie will be coming to the small screen thanks to a deal with Syfy, the cable television channel that specializes in science fiction, fantasy and horror programming. The movie will also serve as a "back door pilot," a hilariously inappropriate-sounding term that actually means that it will stand alone as a movie but can also be used as a lead-in to a series, similar to the original Battlestar Galactica remake.

Red Faction is "a great fit for a big Syfy Saturday movie," said Alan Seiffert, senior vice president at Syfy Ventures. Syfy is also working to bring its television properties to the game space, starting with a version of the reality series Ghost Hunters Academy for the Nintendo DS, iPhone and iPad. "Both Ghost Hunters and Red Faction are great examples of how we are absolutely committed to [gaming], and it is going to be more than just taking the name, it is going to really be part of the overall experience."

My original plan was to sneak in a few snide zingers about low budgets and cheezeball made-for-TV movies, but the more I think about it, the more I think this is a smart idea. Aiming lower has a way of tempering expectations, which can't hurt, but more the point, Syfy has proven in the past that it can really kick things into high gear when it has to; just look at Battlestar for proof of that. And on the more cynical side of the coin, it's not as though big budgets and theatrical releases have done a hell of a lot of good for any other game franchise out there, is it?

Source: Broadcasting & Cable

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Great another cheesetastic movie by sifi "syfy" (i think the name change is stupid) only this cheesefest will be based on a videogame.
OOOOO JOY!!

Sounds interesting, but i don't hold out much hope for it considering; for one thing, the game isn't exactly renowned for its plot, and for another thing... It's a movie about a videogame.

bew11:
Great another cheesetastic movie by sifi "syfy" (i think the name change is stupid) only this cheesefest will be based on a videogame.
OOOOO JOY!!

Yeah, I can only imagine it will be bad...I hope they dont murder the already fairly tarnished nae of RF...its having a hard time in the mud as of late

Seems cool. It's definitely a good thing for videogames, especially if it turns out to be really good. But who knows, chances are it will suck.

And on a side note, I didn't think Doom was that bad of a movie game, although it had little to do with the game itself. (and that First Person part at the end was AWESOME!)

Could be fun stuff.

bew11:
Great another cheesetastic movie by sifi "syfy" (i think the name change is stupid) only this cheesefest will be based on a videogame.
OOOOO JOY!!

The movie that spawned the Stargate series was pretty good... though it actually was in theaters.
As for their series... Farscape and Babylon 5 were great.
Though I will agree that the name change was bloody stupid.

Syfylis will get it wrong. It will be crappy, alienate their original audience and further show that their executives are idiots.

all original movies on Syfy are god awful. Words cannot describe the horror, its not the good horror either.

SyFy will screw it up, as ever. They screw up everything they've ever been given, it doesn't matter how good the material is- just look at what happened with The Andromeda Strain. Battlestar only was free of SyFy's taint because SyFy wasn't as directly involved in its development.

I liked Eureka and Battlestar, let's hope this goes well.

Let me check my list.

Red Faction's world = dull and derivative.
Movies based on games = generally bad.
Movie going straight to TV or DVD = also generally a bad sign.

Is it possible that all these could mix together and create some kind of retarded prodigy?

Oh no. No no no no.
They're going to crush what precious little Red Faction has going for it!

Will this mean a Sharkoctopus game is in the works?

Another movie based of video gaming? Hmm, I hope gaming and cinema/television culture don't get too integrated. I don't want to see Hillary Duff or the Jonas Brothers in my next big budget FPS.

TheDoctor455:

bew11:
Great another cheesetastic movie by sifi "syfy" (i think the name change is stupid) only this cheesefest will be based on a videogame.
OOOOO JOY!!

The movie that spawned the Stargate series was pretty good... though it actually was in theaters.
As for their series... Farscape and Babylon 5 were great.
Though I will agree that the name change was bloody stupid.

Problem is, Stargate the movie had exactly nothing to do with 'SyFy' and the first five seasons of SG-1 were made by Showtime.

The majority of Babylon 5 was made for PETN and the last bit of it was made for TNT.

Farscape was like Stargate in that started on a different channel, Nine Network in Australia I think, and then brought over after season 1.

So, of the purely 'SyFy' creations that can be claimed we have: Stargate Atlantis, Stargate Universe and Battlestar Galactica.

Now I'm not saying that anything they make based on Red Faction is going to be BAD, far from it. But they don't have the far reaching pedigree that is given them sometimes and frankly most of their 'SyFy Original Movies' are lemons, so I'm hesitant more than anything else.

I've seen enough Syfy original movies to know this is probably a bad idea.

I hope it's about Mason's hammer. An epic tale of how he leaves the hammer for a shiny railgun, only to return once he realises that the hammer is his one true weapon.

And has a sub-plot about the EDF trying to hire a builder who won't rip them off and build everything out of plywood.

Well that's a good idea, aiming low.
On the other hand, Battlestar had talented actors, amazing writers and the best for-tv special effects I've ever seen. So best not to compare yourself to something so good this fast.

I seriously hope this is some sort of sick joke, And with that if it is, I really hope this is a sick joke with good writers...Becasue i swear, I can't bare another aborted child of a video game "Movie" or "Back-door pilot" Especially for a franchise I really used to like.

Not all of Scifi's films are diabolicly bad, just nearly all of them. I think Warbirds was a Scifi film first and that was very entertaining, low buget, but entertaining.

Edit:
I predict that it's going to come under the catagory of most Scifi channel films.

In the final scene Parker will fight a giant bad CGI snake.

Syfy has the reverse midas touch, almost everything they touch turns to crap. They managed to turn the Dresden Files (seriously the most fun I've had reading books since I was a kid)into a lame episodic bore fest where a guy used a hockey stick as a magic staff.

I still can't bring myself to call the SciFi channel 'syfy'. It almost seems as if it's a Welsh word what with the over abundance of y's.

OT: A Red Faction movie could work but I don't think there's enough story to it to justify a series unless they go off on a huge tangent because, quite frankly, the selling point of the game is the ability to destroy the environment which films/tv have been doing for years funnily enough.

Edit:
Oh, and SciFi using the term back door pilot is hilarious considering the "men's interest" films that are often show last at night on the channel.

DoctorNick:

TheDoctor455:

bew11:
Great another cheesetastic movie by sifi "syfy" (i think the name change is stupid) only this cheesefest will be based on a videogame.
OOOOO JOY!!

The movie that spawned the Stargate series was pretty good... though it actually was in theaters.
As for their series... Farscape and Babylon 5 were great.
Though I will agree that the name change was bloody stupid.

Problem is, Stargate the movie had exactly nothing to do with 'SyFy' and the first five seasons of SG-1 were made by Showtime.

The majority of Babylon 5 was made for PETN and the last bit of it was made for TNT.

Farscape was like Stargate in that started on a different channel, Nine Network in Australia I think, and then brought over after season 1.

So, of the purely 'SyFy' creations that can be claimed we have: Stargate Atlantis, Stargate Universe and Battlestar Galactica.

Now I'm not saying that anything they make based on Red Faction is going to be BAD, far from it. But they don't have the far reaching pedigree that is given them sometimes and frankly most of their 'SyFy Original Movies' are lemons, so I'm hesitant more than anything else.

I think the first seaon of Battlestar Galactica was mostly funded by Sky 1 which is why the first season aired in the uk first

DoctorNick:

TheDoctor455:

bew11:
Great another cheesetastic movie by sifi "syfy" (i think the name change is stupid) only this cheesefest will be based on a videogame.
OOOOO JOY!!

The movie that spawned the Stargate series was pretty good... though it actually was in theaters.
As for their series... Farscape and Babylon 5 were great.
Though I will agree that the name change was bloody stupid.

Problem is, Stargate the movie had exactly nothing to do with 'SyFy' and the first five seasons of SG-1 were made by Showtime.

The majority of Babylon 5 was made for PETN and the last bit of it was made for TNT.

Farscape was like Stargate in that started on a different channel, Nine Network in Australia I think, and then brought over after season 1.

So, of the purely 'SyFy' creations that can be claimed we have: Stargate Atlantis, Stargate Universe and Battlestar Galactica.

Now I'm not saying that anything they make based on Red Faction is going to be BAD, far from it. But they don't have the far reaching pedigree that is given them sometimes and frankly most of their 'SyFy Original Movies' are lemons, so I'm hesitant more than anything else.

You do have a solid point there... I've only watched the first episode of SG1 on dvd, probably because it has nudity in it. BSG is more of a space drama than a science fiction series. They knew when to throw in some action, but season 3 was a complete failure for them. SGU throws out what made SG1 and SGA good and tries to be a space drama, except the story is weak, most of the characters are lame and the action is VERY far between.

Could it be good? Absolutely! If syfy does it right, it will be about a man forced to the wrong side of the law, fighting with rebels to liberate Mars from a corrupt government. Make up some cool supporting cast members and you can probably squeeze out six or seven seasons just liberating the planet.

the_tramp:
I still can't bring myself to call the SciFi channel 'syfy'. It almost seems as if it's a Welsh word what with the over abundance of y's.

Nothing wrong with welsh, it's just unpronouncable. Due to w being a vowel...

I hope the next Red Faction map isn't shit like Guerrilla was, and goes back to being first person, and have offline multiplayer with bots

Well it could be worse...Uwe Boll could be directing.

I wouldnt mind seeing it. If only out of interest.

EDIT: why did the change the name to syfy as well. I know it sounds the same but it looks a bit stupid when its written down

Dioxide20:
Seems cool. It's definitely a good thing for videogames, especially if it turns out to be really good. But who knows, chances are it will suck.

And on a side note, I didn't think Doom was that bad of a movie game, although it had little to do with the game itself. (and that First Person part at the end was AWESOME!)

The DOOM film was utterly hilarious, a great no-brainier that happened to have a name from gaming.
OT: Couldn't they have found a more interesting gaming world than Red Faction?

Sebenko:
I hope it's about Mason's hammer. An epic tale of how he leaves the hammer for a shiny railgun, only to return once he realises that the hammer is his one true weapon.

And has a sub-plot about the EDF trying to hire a builder who won't rip them off and build everything out of plywood.

lolz that would be a great movie

Actually, I never got into the Red Faction "mythos", so I can't say anything about the quality of the story. I hope it's good. As for SyFy, the production value of what they produce has increased dramatically, but sometimes the plot for a story seems too generic scifi for it to succeed. Red Faction will hopefully bring a strong, unique narrative to the production.

In all fairness, that was the opinion I formed the second time I read the article. The first opinion went something like this:

Blah blah blah Red Faction.
Blah blah blah SyFy.

Is that man chasing a soldier down with an ostrich?!

Can't say i know much about Red Fraction, so i might even like it!

Icecoldcynic:
Sounds interesting, but i don't hold out much hope for it considering; for one thing, the game isn't exactly renowned for its plot, and for another thing... It's a movie about a videogame.

Correction. It's a movie about a videogame...that's being made for SyFy!

But will there be yeti?

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