The Reel Deal – 26th July 09; Prince of Persia, Resident Evil, and Castlevania
Prince of Persia, Resident Evil, Castlevania,; these are just a few of the upcoming film adaptations that are in the works and we have the latest news about them all. Want to see Jake Gyllenhaal as Prince Dastan? We have it. How about the status of Paul W.S. Andersonâ€™s next Resident Evil movie? We have it. And the poster for the upcoming Metal Gear Sold? Well, we donâ€™t have that but you can bet your PS3s that we will when itâ€™s released.
Up until now, there were only a few amateur set pictures of Jake Gyllenhaal in the Prince of Persia film. Then there was this teaser poster that did exactly that and teased us with nothing really. Finally we have some adequate pictures of Prince Dastan and dare we say that weâ€™re impressed? We must admit he does pull off the look of the Prince(s) weâ€™ve come to love.
The film, produced by Jerry Bruckheimer, is due out in theaters May 28, 2010 and stars Gemma Arterton and Sir Ben Kingsley in addition to Gyllenhaal. Prince of Persia is loosely based on the original Sands of Time game with Dastan teaming up with Princess Tamina as they rescue the Sands of Time from the villainous Nizam. Check out the unofficial movie page for all the latest news including more posters as well as some production footage from the set. We wonâ€™t get too excited just yet as we know how most game to film adaptations turn outâ€¦
One franchise that seems to defy those stereotypes is Resident Evil. With three films and grossing $379,553,746 worldwide, it is probably the most successful game-to-film to date. Naturally, there would be a sequel. Well, not so much a sequel according to Anderson.
â€œI always envisioned Resident Evil as a trilogy of films, â€œhe said. â€œAnd weâ€™ve been very lucky where itâ€™s a trilogy where the audience has built and built. I wanted to kick off a brand new trilogy. Iâ€™m really excited weâ€™re doing it [in 3-D] and weâ€™re using the same camera system [James] Cameron used for Avatar. There are a lot of exciting things about this one. I donâ€™t regard it as Resident Evil 4, I regard it as a re-tooling and rebirth of the entire franchise.â€
Hopefully this means weâ€™ll see a story more closely related to that of the video game. The fact that he references 3-D (something everyone is doing nowadays) scares us, even though itâ€™s the same that will be used in Avatar. Nothing weâ€™ve seen so far has actually been worth seeing in 3-D. Perhaps when itâ€™s ready to be released, itâ€™ll actually use the technology well.
Speaking of Avatar, Ubisoft have given us a few of the voice actors who will be lending their vocals for the game. Probably the biggest on the list currently is Sigourney Weaver as Dr. Grace Augustine. What’s weird is that the rest of the voice actors will be split up between the consoles. Giovanni Ribisi will be featured on the Wii while the PS3 and 360 will get the likes of Michelle Rodriguez and Stephen Lang. No word on whether Sam Worthington and Zoe Saldana, the two stars of the film, will be in the game.
Here’s a little known fact about Anderson. He was supposed to direct the upcoming Castlevania movie before it was canceled. Like Dracula himself, the film lives! James Wan, the man behind the Saw films we are treated to every Halloween, will be co-writing and directing Castlevania.
In talking with Bloody Disgusting, Wan has stated the following:
“I’m very fresh on this project, so its early stages and I’m still trying to work things out, but the producers love my vision for it. I’ll be working on the script with a writer to give it a new spin, different to the previous versions. This will have my stamp on it which Konami is very excited about.
“The thing I love about what Konami did with Castlevania, was taking the iconic Dracula mythology and Eastern-European setting, and retelling it with a Japanese pop-cultural sensibility,” he continues. “Thatâ€™s the East-meets-West tone I want to visually expand on for the film. Iâ€™m thrilled by the opportunity to make a highly stylized, fantasy, action film that focuses on the gothic storyline and the cool, anime-like characters. For once, the human hero is as sexy and dangerous as the vampire villain, and his weapon of choice was what attracted me to the project in the first place â€“ The Vampire Killer Whip.â€
It sounds like he’s on the right track so far. With all the flops games have had in the theaters; mostly accredited to Uwe Boll, itâ€™s good to see that some people are starting to take these movies more seriously.
Looking at the opposite side of things, the latest additions to the film-to-game industry are Iron Man 2 and Alice in Wonderland. In Iron Man 2, weâ€™ve already told you how the game is already going to shy away from the films plot and that comic-book writer Matt Fraction is on board as well. Is it enough to make it better than the first? We hope so.
In another announcement that doesnâ€™t surprise us at all, the new Alice in Wonderland film by Tim Burton (in 3-D surprisingly) will be getting a game tie-in for the Wii, DS, and PC. What does surprise us is that it isnâ€™t for every console imaginable. The game is from Aliceâ€™s perspective and will take you through the movie with some new locations and fiction. Oh joyâ€¦
So wraps up another edition of The Reel Deal. The movies seem to be on their way to getting better while the games are just halfway there. Maybe one day weâ€™ll have a world in which games and movies can coexist on a level of equality. We can dream all right, we can dream.