Fox Signs ‘Spore’

Fox Signs ‘Spore’

SporeFox and Electronic Arts are coming together to turn “Spore” into an animated film. Chris Wedge of ‘Ice Age’ fame will be directing the CGI film.

‘Princess and the Frog’ writers Greg Erb and Jason Oremland will be writing the script for the film based on the Will Wright game. Wedge told Variety, “I’m always looking for unique worlds to go to in animation. From every perspective — visually, thematically and comedically — the world of ‘Spore’ provides the potential to put something truly original on the screen.”

Ice Age has been an enormous success for the studio, so its no surprise their looking for new original properties to lock into. I’m not quite sure what sort of film can be spun off from ‘Spore,’ but it definitely has me curious.

Spore has sold 3.2 million copies, and has spawned a huge online database of user created creatures. EA has deals to produce ‘The Sims,’ ‘Army of Two,’ ‘Dante’s Inferno,’ ‘Dead Space,’ and ‘Mass Effect’

DVD Review: Hitman

DVD Review: Hitman

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There is nothing wrong with a movie whose sole purpose is to explode things in a dramatic fashion. However, Xavier Gens’ movie ‘Hitman,’ takes things to a rather unreasonable extreme.

Based on a video game, (and adding fuel to the ‘there’s never been a good movie based on a video game fire,’) ‘Hitman,’ tells the story of Agent 47, a contract killer with a shaved head and a barcode at the base of his scalp. He’s incredibly efficient and clean- when he kills you nobody knows who did it. Things begin to go awry when he tried to kill the Russian President. Of course he does it, but there’s a problem. He really isn’t the Russian President. There’s something about arterial blood spray that gets Interpol involved in the case. Agent 47 is then sent to kill the one person who knows the truth about the Russian President. When 47 sees it’s an attractive Russian hooker, he doesn’t go through with the job and quickly finds out that someone is out to kill him. His agency double-crossing him, 47 hits the road with the girl, trying to figure out the truth before one of the many people who want him dead get their wish.

Did you follow all that? That’s what I was able to piece together from an actual viewing of the movie, combined with reading the plot summaries on two different web-sites. Needless to say, a clear plot was not one of the goals of the filmmakers.

‘Hitman,’ is a celebration of style, flashy cutting, cool lighting and effects. Agent 47, as played by Timothy Olyphant is, of course, an enigma. He finds himself falling for the Russian hooker, but doesn’t give in to his desires, fearing, I guess, that it’ll make him weak. Basically, the problem with a movie featuring a un-emotive main character is that you have no idea what the hell he’s thinking. Sure everything looks cool, but it’s all too contrived. Of course he’d stash a gun in the perfect place to retrieve it in the heat of a fight. Of course he would have an escape plan all set if someone comes to his hotel room. What happens to housekeeping when they just want to turn down the bed?

While some movies are silly and fun, this is just plain silly. It’s too caught up in looking cool and acting like it doesn’t care that the attitude starts to rub off on the audience. If Agent 47 doesn’t seem to give a crap, why should we? -Sam

iD Software CEO Eyes ‘Doom’ Sequel

iD Software CEO Eyes ‘Doom’ Sequel

DoomiD Software CEO Todd Hollenshead has expressed interest in producing another Doom film. The CEO told video game blog Kotaku that he’d love to do another Doom movie, “There are some lessons we learned. The best way to do things better is to get the experience.” [Read more…]

Gaming Revenue Up 57%

 Say what you will, Nintendo = profits. The recent release of ‘Super Smash Bros. Brawl” for the Wii console has pushed the Video Game industry 57%, or, $1.8 million for the month of March.

‘Smash Bros.’ sold to 31% of the consoles install base. At 2.7 million copies sold, it’s the biggest first month since Halo 3, which sold 3.3 million in its first month.

Other notables for the month include ‘Rainbow Six Vegas 2,’ which sold around a million copies, and the poorly received ‘Army of Two,’ which sold 831,000.

Don’t think the handhelds were ignored either, ‘God of War: Chains of Olympus’ (who currently has my attention), and ‘Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII’ sold around 300,000 units.

But I guarantee, gaming revenue is only going to go up, especially with a release like GTA IV just days away. Say what you will, Rockstar knows how to get their games off the shelf. Film studios have already predicted a decline in revenue following the games release. I guess they heard my intent to take a month off just to play this game.

Source: Variety

DVD Review: Hitman

DVD Review: Hitman

Timothy OlyphantNetflix. If one were to look it up in the dictionary, they might find a definition reading something like this: [Read more…]