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Heavy Rain film in the works, interactive movie now just movie

Could videogame movies be on the mend? A fully financed Prince of Persia film drops next week and today we hear that former New Line Cinema producers are actively trying to get a proper Heavy Rain movie up and running. Bob Shaye and Michael Lynne, now in charge of Unique Features, are reportedly interested in transforming the interactive cinema experience into plain ol' cinema.


Above: Hello, Mr. Hollywood? I sold a million copies and want a movie

The thing is... we weren't sold on the actual story presented in Heavy Rain. Take the imaginitive gameplay elements away and you're left with a rather plain and disjointed tale that could be found on any rental shelf in the country. As with any game-to-movie adaptation there will undoubtedly be changes, and in this case we'd love to see some of the nonsensical aspects of the story tightened up.

True, most other game movies are based on stories that barely had enough meat to sustain a commercial, let alone 90 minutes of film. But in this case, Heavy Rain is a game praised by many for its storytelling, and we're not 100% in that camp. (It's a perfectly good game!)

What say you, internet?

 


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18 comments

  • Zeb364 - August 8, 2010 9:41 p.m.

    The game was garbage only because it touted it's story as the crowning achievement of the industry while in fact it was a poorly written mess full of 2D characters and plot holes. The only arguably redeemable qualities were gameplay related. Now their going to turn it into a movie in which they remove those qualities. The moral of this story is that it's going to be a giant steaming pile of shit.
  • VirAetas - August 7, 2010 11:16 p.m.

    I'll admit that Heavy Rain may have a glaring pot hole or two, some of which may be explained away. (Madison Paige is a journalist, who's to say she doesn't know the local private eye?) But I believe that the hardest part of the game to watch, were the lulls in action. Cut out drawn out scenes of Madison bandaging up Ethan, for example. Trim out the creepy motel receptionist. Skip straight to the mall scene to lose about 30 minutes of unnecessary character development. Things like that, and I'd say yeah they'd have a pretty good flick on their hands.
  • RebornKusabi - May 20, 2010 10:43 p.m.

    I think Tygerclaws has the best idea ; ) Go see the movie on opening night with a bunch of friends and just start saying, "Jayson. Jasuhn! Jay-sun? Jason. Jaayson? Jeason! Jason? Jeysuhn."
  • Clovin64 - May 20, 2010 4:28 p.m.

    In almost every review I've read for Heavy Rain, the reviewer has mentioned that if HR was just a movie it would be UTTER BALLS. Seriously, where the movie producers paying any attention whatsoever? They'll just be thinking what all those other game-movie producers are thinking- that even if they release an absolute shit movie based on a game then it is still guarnteed that fans of the game will flock to see it nevertheless. Without the interactivity element Heavy Rain would just be a really sloppy budget movie (seriously, we would no longer be able to kill off Madison early and would be forced to put up with her for the whole damn thing). By the way, I love Heavy Rain, and I was prepared to forgive almost all of the plot holes, except for that red herring about Ethan's possible schizophrenia which is left completly unexplained. BULL. SHIT. Hang your head in shame David Cage.
  • phoenix_wings - May 20, 2010 7:31 a.m.

    Have the game, enjoy it thoroughly despite it's faults. So here's a question...do they get the mo-cap and voice actors play themselves in the film or do they use different people? And...which ending would they follow? Because the most satisfying ending isn't the most pleasant one, if you catch my drift. Of course you'd have to make the movie different from the game, it'd have higher production values as a movie than it would as a game, which would mean that you could cut down on how many times you had to hear "Ja~son!"
  • Embolado - May 20, 2010 7:19 a.m.

    Who in the hell at Sony is green lighting this movie? Has there been a sucessful transition from game to movie....uhhh NO! See latest examples: RE sequels, Max Pain (that is how it should of been spelt), Street Fighter and Dragon Ball minus oriental cast for the leads (insert gong here).
  • Tygerclaws - May 20, 2010 3:27 a.m.

    I laughed. I laughed HARD. All I can see is movie audiences laughing forever. "Jayson. Jasuhn! Jay-sun? Jason. Jaayson? Jeason! Jason? Jeysuhn."
  • lewis42025 - May 20, 2010 3:06 a.m.

    @RebornKusabi O. M. G. You understand me...lol. i was just thinking that EXACT same thing. The story and universe of Mass Effect is so rich and deep that an amazing movie is practically already made for them. All they'd have to do is remain faithful to source material, get a BUNCH of money, use Bioware's help and WALAAH, they've got a blockbuster. On the thought of a Heavy Rain movie, *facepalm*
  • maxcogert - May 20, 2010 2:46 a.m.

    I honestly think that if Heavy Rain was presented in a less cheesy manner (allowing you to tirelessly rock the baby), and some good acting, I wouldn't be an awful movie. That and, you know, make it less stupid.
  • EnragedTortoise1 - May 20, 2010 2:18 a.m.

    Remember what Jim Sterling said... "If Heavy Rain were a movie, GOD FORBID, and if it was shown at a festival, it would be laughed out of the theater". Huh boy. *facepalm*
  • jpalz - May 20, 2010 1:47 a.m.

    I think if they fix the plot holes, we could have a very entertaining movie. It wouldn't be a masterpiece or anything, but it certainly would be fun, and isn't that the reason we watch movies?
  • TURbo - May 20, 2010 1:08 a.m.

    I hope it follows the exact same story as the game, so it gets laughed at.
  • ventanger - May 20, 2010 1:05 a.m.

    This is a really, really stupid idea. This is going to be even worse than Max Walhberg.
  • Hurricrane - May 20, 2010 12:50 a.m.

    *BWAHAHAHA* Oh man, sorry that strapline just captures my exact feelings about this story
  • CH3BURASHKA - May 20, 2010 12:43 a.m.

    Fuck this. Heavy Rain was meant to bridge the gap b/w movies and games for a new experience. Making a boring-ass movie will only sully its name. DON'T DO THIS, CAGE!
  • RebornKusabi - May 19, 2010 11:42 p.m.

    I loved Heavy Rain, every second of it, every story strand and every game-play style that it had... but I'm so goddamn aware that as a movie, it WILL NOT WORK! Prepare to have the movie come out and once again have Ebert state that video games are not art (not that I care in all honesty) because this is the type of stories that games have in them. I just played through Mass Effect 2 and THAT game had a significantly more superior story line and the characters in that game were both believable and all had constant character development and depth to them. If any game could make a translation to movies, it would be the Mass Effect universe... if someone like James Cameron or Peter Jackson made it. They both have tons of money (more so in Cameron's case) and as much of an attention to detail as those two have. Someone who would make the movies their own but remain humble and correct to the tone of the original source material. Ironically, a Heavy Rain movie could only work if the people who made it actually DEVIATED from the source material a tad bit lol
  • Samael - May 19, 2010 10:25 p.m.

    Wow. What everyone is saying may come true. The only reason why Heavy Rain's story was...decent, was the interactivity that backed it up. Take that away and you've got...an utterly mediocre film. PoP looks decent enough though. Might actually go see it, if I have the time.
  • chrisda - May 19, 2010 10:25 p.m.

    i learned that you all hate Heavy Rain, but i actually really enjoyed it, despite all the massive plot holes....which i don't think would fit very well in a film... First

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