As you may already be aware, George Miller — director of Mad Max and, more recently, the Happy Feet series — has a keen interest in video games, setting up Kennedy Miller Mitchell, a games studio based in Sydney. Now, in an interview with the Australian Financial Review, Miller has revealed the studio intends to work in Brendan McNamara’s new game, titled ‘Whore of the Orient’.
“It’s four-dimensional storytelling,” said Miller. “A game can literally become the equivalent of a novel. That is the thing that people like me who write screenplays envy about novelists: that you can actually stop time and explore little cul de sacs. Whereas in a movie, you’d love to stop and examine that character, but you can’t. You’re on a rail . . . and if you talk to Brendan, who is the brilliant mind behind this, it’s all the same issues as film. Instead of writing a 100-page screenplay, he wrote a 2800-page screenplay. But it’s the same dialogue, acting, blocking, wardrobe, costume, lighting, vehicle simulations. It’s a movie that’s played interactively at home.”
That said, George Miller’s latest ventures haven’t exactly been running smoothly either. KMM’s studio in Brisbane, which employed the remnants of Krome, was closed down almost immediately after development of the Happy Feet 2 video game was completed, and Dr D, the animation studio behind the movie made almost all of its staff redundant. It hardly sounds like the picture of health reported in the AFR interview.
It’ll be interesting to see exactly how this whole project comes to fruition.
George Miller’s new script [Australian Financial Review]