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Diablo Movie Now in the Works? 101

Posted by Zonk
from the everything's-turning-up-blizzard dept.
To go along with the still fairly-mysterious World of Warcraft movie, via CVG comes the word at Blizzplanet that a movie based on Blizzard's Diablo games may be in the works. "Few weeks ago, a rumor circulated the net that Gary Whitta would be working with Legendary Pictures to develop a Diablo film. The participation of Gary Whitta hasn't been confirmed, but surprise-surprise. Legendary Pictures website is listing DIABLO under the 'In Development' section. No press release has been made available. The news section has been replaced by a 'Legendary 2.0 is coming soon' notice. A week ago, the news section over at Legendary Pictures website had not been updated since Q3 2006. Stay tuned for any updates. A press release could be posted by them in a few days. Diablo is coming to the big screen!"
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Diablo Movie Now in the Works?

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  • Interesting idea (Score:5, Insightful)

    by hedwards (940851) on Monday June 18, 2007 @01:27PM (#19553233)
    but will it work. I think that in many respects a Diablo or Fallout based movie has some chance of being worth watching. Whoever gave the green Doom and Resident evil should have been fired. A game can rely on being interactive to advance interest, allowing for the player to make choices, and movies don't at all. The limit to the intereaction is in how one is moved by the movie. In that sense I think that a RPG based movie would have some potential in that adventure movies can and have been well done in the past.
  • by moore.dustin (942289) on Monday June 18, 2007 @01:30PM (#19553285) Homepage
    Blizzard would be the place any Diablo movie would be announced, just like everything else they do. They would work it up, start the hype machine, and ride it through the movies release. I highly doubt they are going to let word just, spill out. Nothing should be taken for anything of worth till Blizzard, themselves, say they are making a Diablo movie.
  • Why? (Score:3, Insightful)

    by CastrTroy (595695) on Monday June 18, 2007 @01:30PM (#19553291) Homepage
    Why do they keep on making movies based off video games. Has there ever been a single one that wasn't completely crap? Sure they generate a few bucks, but it's not like any of the actors/directors/writers actually gain any prestige by working on these movies. Why even bother creating such crappy movies.
  • by Flimzy (657419) on Monday June 18, 2007 @01:57PM (#19553747)

    I think that a RPG based movie would have some potential
    That explains why Dungeons & Dragons [imdb.com] (2000) was such a wonderful movie, with an average user rating of 3.6 (out of 10).
  • by werewolf1031 (869837) on Monday June 18, 2007 @02:26PM (#19554231)
    Keep in mind that D&D by itself is no more than a (fairly generic) set of gaming rules designed to facilitate roleplay in a variety of fantasy settings; in and of itself it does provide not a specific world setting with its own rich history. Now, if they'd bothered to draw specifically from one of TSR's old settings designed for the D&D game system, eg. Greyhawk, Forgotten Realms, etc. (sorry I'm out of touch with the newer settings, if there are any), and adapted a story from one of those fictional worlds, then they probably would've been better served in terms of having rich source material from which to craft a good story/script. Actually, Dragonlance would've provided gobs of story-telling material, but then you're making a movie based on a game setting based on a series of novels, so it'd be better to bypass the game material/mechanics altogether and just draw the script directly from concepts provided in the novels. Making a movie based on D&D is like making a movie based on GURPS or the Hero system; there's no inherent "story" to it (without 'plugging in' a separately purchased expansion set or creating your own world setting), the players are expected to create their own stories (and world) as they play.

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