Hawken Is Coming To The Big Screen

Hawken Is Coming To The Big Screen

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Hollywood snaps up the film rights to Adhesive games' oh-so-pretty mech shooter Hawken.

Two-month-old production company DJ2 Entertainment bought film rights to the upcoming multiplayer shooter based on its absolutely stunning trailer. According to DJ2's Dmitri M. Johnson, tiny indie outfit Adhesive Games was hesitant to give up the rights until he spent some time hobnobbing with the developers to prove his gamer credentials. "I assumed someone already got it because it was so huge. Big names were chasing this," he said. "A-list directors and big hit agencies."

It's worth noting that Hawken is an entirely multiplayer affair, which doesn't really lend itself to character development and compelling narrative, but don't worry, DJ2 seems to have that covered. While no writer has been attached to the project yet, Johnson described early outlines of the the story as, "Romeo & Juliet meets District 9" and creative director Dan Jevons laid out a simple plot summary:

It follows two young pilots from separate clans pitted against one another after a devastating virus has covered most of the heavily industrialized planet surface in toxic crystal.

They witness an event that suggests there is more to the nano-virus than meets the eye. Now the race is on to discover the virus' origins and true purpose before their respective clans wipe each other out in a final, climatic battle.

Okay, so it's not exactly Shakespeare (although it is, apparently, at least according to Johnson's earlier quote) it does seem like more than enough justification for the average movie-goer to sit and gawp listlessly at giant robots while they shoot at each other for an hour and a half.

Source: Calgary Herald

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Seems like it would be fun, but I doubt it will actually get made.

It follows two young pilots from separate clans pitted against one another after a devastating virus has covered most of the heavily industrialized planet surface in toxic crystal.

Ok, so Nod and GDI are fighting over Tiberium again, but this time with mechs? What was the compelling part again?

Really? Honestly I think people would be more open to a mech movie from Hollywood if they just made a mech movie instead of buying up the rights to an unreleased game that's only claim to fame is it had a trailer that went viral for its pretty graphics. Sure there's some name recognition but the kind of people who have heard of it aren't the types who will buy into a Hollywood adaptation, not to mention that even of those who have heard of it they've only ever seen that one trailer and mostly forgotten about it.

Romance truly gets shoehorned into EVERYTHING. Why do they think men want to watch shitty romance in their movies about shit going boom? And why do they think women would want to watch movies about shit going boom just because some shitty romance story in in there? If you want women to care then make the lead actor someone who women find irresistibly sexy.

Wow, that sounds like one of those sub-par sci-fi movies that is quickly forgotten.

Elementlmage:

It follows two young pilots from separate clans pitted against one another after a devastating virus has covered most of the heavily industrialized planet surface in toxic crystal.

Ok, so Nod and GDI are fighting over Tiberium again, but this time with mechs? What was the compelling part again?

I see what you did there.

Blah @ Romeo and Juliet part.
I never liked that story, because Romeo just seemed like a remarkable pussy to me.

Alright so first, way to go Adhesive Games. I have no doubt the rights sale brings us a bigger and better Hawken. Now with that aside -

Grey Carter:
Johnson described early outlines of the the story as, "Romeo & Juliet meets District 9" and creative director Dan Jevons laid out a simple plot summary:

It follows two young pilots from separate clans pitted against one another after a devastating virus has covered most of the heavily industrialized planet surface in toxic crystal.

They witness an event that suggests there is more to the nano-virus than meets the eye. Now the race is on to discover the virus' origins and true purpose before their respective clans wipe each other out in a final, climatic battle.

Seriously? Why? You could copy/paste nearly any of the Mechwarrior games or Battletech novels and have an infinitely better premise than that and that's what they are going for. Hell, make the premise these two sides fight... with giant mechs. Done, the end.

The romance focused plot seems too easy.

But this is my first time seeing that game's footage, and it looks really good.

My initial reaction:

"WHAT?!?!"

After reading the premise this mix of shock and awe gave way to tempered ambivalence. I'm sure this gives Hawken some more money to work with and the movie sounds like your typical Drek but it sure is interesting to see game trailers getting movie rights sold, and for that matter such attention for an indie title.

Torrasque:

Elementlmage:

It follows two young pilots from separate clans pitted against one another after a devastating virus has covered most of the heavily industrialized planet surface in toxic crystal.

Ok, so Nod and GDI are fighting over Tiberium again, but this time with mechs? What was the compelling part again?

I see what you did there.

Blah @ Romeo and Juliet part.
I never liked that story, because Romeo just seemed like a remarkable pussy to me.

That's your reason?
I always thought R&J is silly 'cos it's just a couple of dumb kids (srsly, Juliet's 13) thinking with their crotches and getting themselves dead.

I guess I read the title wrong and was a bit let down to find this wasn't talking about a new tween vampire drama starring Stephen Hawking.

Danceofmasks:

Torrasque:

Elementlmage:

Ok, so Nod and GDI are fighting over Tiberium again, but this time with mechs? What was the compelling part again?

I see what you did there.

Blah @ Romeo and Juliet part.
I never liked that story, because Romeo just seemed like a remarkable pussy to me.

That's your reason?
I always thought R&J is silly 'cos it's just a couple of dumb kids (srsly, Juliet's 13) thinking with their crotches and getting themselves dead.

Most girls who read classic literature, think Romeo is all that is man, but I hate him. He's so remarkably blind in his love endeavour, ditches his friends, family, everything, just for a girl that he doesn't know anything about; just that she's pretty hot.
Also throw in the fact that Romeo killed himself the instant he saw Juliet 'dead', and you have a really poor excuse for a guy who is given the title "all that is man".

There are many other more interesting Shakespeare stories they could borrow from, but Romeo and Juliet just says "we want to make a sappy love story where everyone dies"

Torrasque:

Danceofmasks:

Torrasque:
I see what you did there.

Blah @ Romeo and Juliet part.
I never liked that story, because Romeo just seemed like a remarkable pussy to me.

That's your reason?
I always thought R&J is silly 'cos it's just a couple of dumb kids (srsly, Juliet's 13) thinking with their crotches and getting themselves dead.

Most girls who read classic literature, think Romeo is all that is man, but I hate him. He's so remarkably blind in his love endeavour, ditches his friends, family, everything, just for a girl that he doesn't know anything about; just that she's pretty hot.
Also throw in the fact that Romeo killed himself the instant he saw Juliet 'dead', and you have a really poor excuse for a guy who is given the title "all that is man".

There are many other more interesting Shakespeare stories they could borrow from, but Romeo and Juliet just says "we want to make a sappy love story where everyone dies"

Its not meant to be a gritty, realistic 1500 page novel. Its meant to be a poetic love story with a good side helping of tragedy.

Jesus, its Shakespeare. What did you expect? A deep and dark look into the sexuality of female polar bears? Looking at my copy of R+J, it does what it says on the tin. I fail to see the problem.

So... uh... Romeo and Juliet? Why not Hamlet or something? That would be much more epic as mecha action than Romeo and Juliet!

And as a recently started studio, you'd think they'd know better than to buy the rights of a video game not even released. Hell, I'm sure even Uwe Boll knows not to do that! What if this game bombs like hell and sucks Angel balls? What if the movie goes south harder than a space battle station hurtling through the atmosphere, and this time there is no Wing Gundam to stop it?

Sweet! Another movie I won't be losing any sleep over to see. Maybe Tyrese will be in this one too.

I'd still see it. Sounds interesting enough to give it a look.

Seeing how Hawken is a purely multiplayer game with hardly a story to adapt into film, I don't see why they didn't just make a mech movie with its own name. Although I guess buying the movie rights gives the developers a little extra cash for the game so even if the film turn out to suck it may have indirectly contributed to a better game.

How can a Multiplayer only game translate into a movie ?

Hawken is an entirely multiplayer affair, which doesn't really lend itself to character development and compelling narrative.

LOL, this is hilarious! I wonder if Hollywood, as represented by this 2 month old company, is really that excited over these rights to a game that isn't out yet.

Movie deal and no publisher

Call me when the Metroid movie gets made.

Shameless:
How can a Multiplayer only game translate into a movie ?

They planned to make a movie out of WoW. I mean, we don't have any evidence that it would've been/will be good, but they thought it could be done...

I first misread the title as "Walken is coming to the big screen" and my first thought was AWESOME I LOVE CHRISTOPHER WALKEN! And then I realized that he's already been in a bunch of movies and that's why I love him and that this is just about some game I've never heard of that involves giant mechs blowing the crap out of each other possibly being made into a movie.

Pft. Lame.

Grey Carter:
Johnson described early outlines of the the story as, "Romeo & Juliet meets District 9"

So...Avatar? Though after reading that brief synopsis I honestly don't know what to think about it. Also, I hate to say it, but unless the ad campaign for this movie can make people think this is another "Transformers", this will probably be an amazing bust box-office wise, and considering a movie about giant robots would probably have quite the budget, I doubt I company that's existed two and a half months will have the financial backing to properly fund this. Unless they end up putting all the emphasis on the human relationships, and make the mechs more of a background thing, in which case it'll just suck.

Olorune:

Shameless:
How can a Multiplayer only game translate into a movie ?

They planned to make a movie out of WoW. I mean, we don't have any evidence that it would've been/will be good, but they thought it could be done...

WoW's universe though has a storyline to it that could make a movie tho.

Lets do some damage control....Bar all entrances to Uwe Boll.

Woah, that trailer looked pretty stunning, really detailed cockpit. Damn I want this game now.

Not too surprised at this, I mean Hollywood did give a movie deal to a studio based on a teaser trailer for a game that has nothing to do with its actual story or theme.

::Looks up video clips & screencaps for Hawken:: Bah, everything comes in 6 shades of grayish green. That's no better than everything being brown.

Torrasque:
Blah @ Romeo and Juliet part.
I never liked that story, because Romeo just seemed like a remarkable pussy to me.

Yeah, I thought he was an angst-y little sap as well. :/

OT; Wow, I am spectacularly uninterested. What's weirdest about this is why they decided to undoubtedly waste a substantial amount of money on the rights to a game where the concept is the only story.

Wait. Did you mention Clans there? Is this in the Mechwarrior universe? Because that would be fucking awesome.

likalaruku:
::Looks up video clips & screencaps for Hawken:: Bah, everything comes in 6 shades of grayish green. That's no better than everything being brown.

It's a western mech shooter, what did you expect?

as long as the movie would be about giant robots, featuring giant robots, having giant robots fight for 85 out of movies' 90 minutes or so I'm ok with that. When Hollywood introduces a skinny pointless human character to a full CG movie (suckformers 1,2,3) it gets crappy.

 

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