With the gaming industry growing so rapidly, and more people spending time with their consoles and PCs instead of going to movies or watching television, it’s no surprise that developers and publishers are interested in branching out into different forms of media. EA is jumping into Hollywood with both feet, having announced that the company signed with United Talent Agency to develop its properties for film and TV shows.
The history of game-based films is uneven, to say the least. Early misses like the Mario Bros. movie and Doom didn’t do much to help things, although the film adaptation of Silent Hill was surprisingly watchable. The first trailer for the Max Payne film also has fans cautiously optimistic. EA already has many deals in place, including a film version of The Sims with 20th Century Fox, and its new IP Dead Space is getting the royal treatment; the story of the game begins in a comic book series illustrated by Ben Templesmith, to be continued in a feature-length animated film, then finishing up with the game itself. Should these side-projects bring the game success, it’s probable a bigger-budget live-action movie would at least be discussed. (link)