Hollywood, Where Video Game Movies Go To Die

Of course, it could be argued that Hollywood is simply where video games go to die.

Kane and Lynch: Dead Men, the action game about two career criminals, is getting the big screen treatment. One day. Maybe.

The movie adaptation was first revealed in 2007 when the script was finished. A year later, Bruce Willis signed on to the picture.

"After Bruce Willis read it, he called it one of the best action scripts he's ever read," producer Adrian Askarieh said in late 2009, "and Bruce is an expert in terms of action scripts because he's read everything over the last 20 years."

Then that script was rewritten.

After rumours that Billy Bob Thornton would be joining the picture as Kane's crazy partner James Lynch, Oscar-winner Jamie Foxx signed on.

The picture was promoted at the Cannes Film Festival and was supposed to go into production in August 2010.

Then the film spurted and sputtered, losing director after director: Simon Crane, Wayne Kramer and F. Gary Gray, Antoine Fuqua.

Yet it's apparently still happening. "We're doing a couple of rewrites but we're still doing it," Foxx recently told IGN. "And it should be a lot of fun, a lot of action."

From the revolving door of directors, Kane and Lynch sounds like it's floundering in Hollywood's development hell. There's already been one game sequel, and don't be surprised if another one is squirted out before this movie gets done. Lots of movies get the green light and the majority of them end up never happening. Some movies languish in development hell for years (take John Milius' Apocalypse Now script) before ever getting made.

Kane and Lynch isn't the only game movie in development. Other high profile pictures include Uncharted and Heavy Rain. If one of these games movie is finally made and it's a hit, brace yourself for a spate of game movies to hit theatres - much like what happened with comic books after X-Men was released. But for the time being, this project sounds more like Kane and Lynch: Dead Movie than Kane and Lynch: Dead Men.


Comments

    "Ahhh...$&^#"

    "what. Tell me what's wrong Lynch"

    "...nothing, let's just go"

    "I don't like when you.."

    "Let's just go okay, we need to go now!"

    "Oh $%@& Lynch. You shot the script again, how many $%&#ing times do you have to $#&% up getting our $%*#ing movie made"

    "...$%&# you"

    I think Kane & Lynch could be a good movie.

    Bruce Willis as Kane is a good fit and seeing as he played John McClaine there is no drama with him dropping a few nice words in the past.

    Like the dramas with the Uncharted movie, the casting of Lynch... Jamie Foxx? I don't recall Lynch being black, and it seems like a decision which will try and turn the movie into a 'buddy' movie.

    Nothing against Jamie Foxx, but if the rumours that Billy Bob Thornton was considered for the role, who would truly make a better psycho Lynch?

    Billy Bob by a mile!

      heh, it could be great movie because its a shitty game xD

    Bruce Willis read the script and loved it and that's supposed to convince us?

    He also signed on for Death Becomes Her, Hudson Hawk, Colour of Night, Breakfast of Champions, Cop Out, and we're not talking about early career attempts at exposure here, we're talking post Die Hard career peak moves.

      Hudson Hawk was one of the greatest movies of all time!!!!!

      Hudson Hawk, Death Becomes Her, Breakfast of Champions & Cop Out.

      OK I admit I have not seen Cop Out, so on that I'm not sure, by the look of it it's more a buddy/comedy movie.

      Colour of Night, not an Action Move either, more a Thriller.

      But how are these action movies? He knows a Good Action Movie script when he sees one. Nobody said the man knew Comedy.

      And for a guy whose made around 50 movies, not all of them can be awesome classic movies like Die Hard.

      I'd go along the lines of Game Movie = High Chance of being Mediocre. Uwe Bolle Game Movie = Don't see this film... ever... for any reason... at all... because if he makes $1 more than it cost to make it, he's a successful movie maker.

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