With the psychotic popularity of Massively Multiplayer Online Role Playing Games (MMORPG) like World of Warcraft, its surprising to me that some studio hasn’t really stepped up and made a movie about it. I remember at the SXSW film festival this year seeing a little documentary on it called “Second Skin“, but with the popularity of these sorts of games, you’d think the topic would be ripe for a narrative big screen adaptation. Well… it looks like its indeed coming.
Apparently Pirates Of The Caribbean director Gore Verbinski is developing just such a film. The folks over at ComingSoon give us this:
Universal and “Pirates of the Caribbean” director Gore Verbinski have acquired a 2007 Wall Street Journal article they will use as the basis for a film about the online fantasy role-playing world and its detrimental impact on the real lives of players. The article by Alexandra Alter focuses on a married man who spends as many as 20 hours a day on a computer, existing through an avatar who is a thriving, musclebound entrepreneur. In reality, he is a diabetic, chain-smoking 53-year-old.
So this would be a movie more about the people who PLAY these games… not stories that take place in the games themselves (like the long rumored World of Warcraft movie). Sounds interesting… but really… what would the movie be about?
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Maybe they are dragging their feet on WoW because WoW it self makes more money than a movie would?
Oh ya, I forgot he is suppost to be directing Bioshock as well. God I love that game. Anyway, the plot of this movie sounds like a rip off of Second Skin. Cuz wasn’t the same story they’re talking about basicly part of what Second Skin was about? Granted I havn’t seen second skin yet, but from the trailer I though that it was about people living dual lives threw a MMO and some of those people letting that virtual world take control of the real one.
I agree they should just start making movies about the actual wonderful worlds and stories these games take place in and stop making MMO’s seem like such a bad thing. The story of World of Warcraft is amazing and well worth telling on the big screen. As well as Linage 2, The Chronicles of Spellborn, and many others.
Well, so much for… Bioshock