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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 The news section has been replaced by a 'Legendary 2.0 is coming soon' notice.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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  • by khasim (1285) <brandioch.conner@gmail.com> on Monday June 18, 2007 @01:33PM (#19553345)
    When you're basing it upon a game ...

    Well, really GOOD writers could still come up with a good movie. But these people aren't looking to make a good movie.

    They're looking to cash in on the name. They're hoping that enough Diablo players will want to see the movie that they'll turn a profit NO MATTER HOW BAD IT IS.

    Otherwise they'd be mining the hundreds of years of literature for books that have not been made into movies yet.
  • Re:Interesting idea (Score:5, Interesting)

    by ajs (35943) <ajs@@@ajs...com> on Monday June 18, 2007 @01:55PM (#19553717) Homepage Journal

    Whoever gave the green Doom and Resident evil should have been fired.
    Yes, but not because the source material did or did not lack a basis for the movies. Actually, R.E. was a decent attempt. They tried fairly hard, but simply got trapped by the ugly rules of horror movies. Had they decided to make an atypical horror movie, it might have worked. I liked the characters. I liked some of the story (though some was too obviously formulaic). The ending was nice, though it could have done with slightly less skin which made a scene that should have felt scary and stark feel more like a peep show in a hospital.

    The Doom movie was bad writing and bad casting, but there was nothing about the Doom story that lacked for good source material. In fact, the primary problem with the Doom movie was that they removed the interesting parts of the story (the "demons" were the result of experiments with alien DNA, not demons from hell).

    I maintain that a good movie could have been made from either source. It simply wasn't and the person who greenlighted either film certainly knew that early on.
  • by StarvingSE (875139) on Monday June 18, 2007 @02:27PM (#19554245)
    Well, really GOOD writers could still come up with a good movie. But these people aren't looking to make a good movie.

    No, the really good writers just aren't interested in writing a game-to-movie port. It doesn't matter how good or deep a game is, video games are still seen as the exact opposite of classic literature and having no intellectual value. Because of this, good writers probably don't want to associate themselves in the genre. Even if they wanted to do a fantasy-themed movie, they would choose to go after Lord of the Rings before Final Fantasy since the former has literary merit.
  • by khasim (1285) <brandioch.conner@gmail.com> on Monday June 18, 2007 @02:34PM (#19554371)

    Because of this, good writers probably don't want to associate themselves in the genre. Even if they wanted to do a fantasy-themed movie, they would choose to go after Lord of the Rings before Final Fantasy since the former has literary merit.

    Most writers, even the good ones, don't make much money from writing.

    So, throw a LOT of money at one of the good writers and allow him/her to write under a nom de plume.

    Let the writer talk to some of the fans of the game to see what aspects resonate with them. Show them a walk through with all the dialog so they can get a feel for the game's universe and history.

    Then turn them lose.

    But it all starts with BUYING a good writer for the project. :)
  • Re:Interesting idea (Score:1, Interesting)

    by Anonymous Coward on Monday June 18, 2007 @03:38PM (#19555505)
    In other words, the problem is that movie makers can't simply make a movie out of a game: they have to find a loosely similar standard Hollywood template and force the game story into that.

    Does Hollywood actually set out to crush any hint of originality, or is it just that the studio bosses are so conservative that it's impossible to get funding if you can't sum the movie up as "X meets Y", where X and Y were box-office hits the previous summer?
  • Re:awesome (Score:3, Interesting)

    by mattgoldey (753976) on Monday June 18, 2007 @06:10PM (#19557563) Homepage
    Diablo II came out 7 years ago.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Diablo_2 [wikipedia.org]

    I'd love for them to make Diablo III, but as a WoW player, I've seen SO much of the Diablo games incorporated into WoW, that I don't think they'd even bother. WoW practically is D3.

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