For the longest time, Hollywood turned to music video directors as the great new talent for visionary filmmakers. Now, they’ve turned to video game directors. Keith Arem, the director of Infinity Ward’s Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2. Unless you live under a rock, you’d know that the game has collected $550 million in worldwide sales in its first five days. Infinity Ward hired Arem to direct, cast, and engineer all the actors featured in the game.
Arem will be making his feature film directing debut with the action thriller, Frost Road. The film is being produced by Cary Brokaw’s Avenue Pictures (Closer, Angels in America). The film is about a small coastal town which is suddenly hit with an invisible contagion. A young man awakes from a car accident to discover he’s one of the few survivors. Somehow immune, he tries to save the remaining survivors, and struggles to prevent the deadly wave from spreading across the planet.
I’m a pretty big gamer, and I can always rely on Infinity Ward to put out blockbuster games with fun, engaging stories. Whether or not this qualifies Keith Arem to direct a film, I’m not sure, but I’m sure as hell interested.