If there's one thing that Hollywood is good at, it's stealing from other mediums. For some reason, if a book is good, or a comic is popular, some Hollywood producer thinks we need to turn it into a film. It's as if people think that a franchise isn't worthwhile until it's been turned into a terrible movie.
And, to some extent, that's true. Films cater to a much larger audience than comics, video games, and books, which means that, by switching mediums, they extend their potential audience significantly. The problem is that mainstream movies often end up missing the point entirely.
Video games, for instance, have a unique charm because they require an interaction between the game and the player. Telltale Games recently won the industry over with their take on The Walking Dead. But that game's brilliance was tied to the choices that players were required to make. Subsequently, players felt the weight of their decisions more perceptively than if they were simply watching the events play out in front of them.
The Walking Dead had a decent storyline, sure. But it certainly wasn't ever going to win a Pulitzer Prize. And, without all of the player-led investigation, a filmed version would have lasted 20-30 minutes per episode.
And I'm worried that Sony is already missing the point of their upcoming God of War movie.
Yesterday, we learned that Sony has given Patrick Melton and Marcus Dunstan, the screenwriters for God of War, permission to rewrite large chunks of Kratos’s back story. Well, if they're planning to rewrite the back story, are they really going to be making a God of War Movie?
Kratos’ back story is part of what makes his character interesting. And, even though I understand the motivation to tweak the storyline so it works on film, if we're looking at a complete rewrite, is it really necessary to slap the God of War title on the front? I mean, couldn't you just, like, create a new effing IP if you don't like this one?
Either way, no matter how much freedom Sony gives to the writers, I'm sure they'll find a way to make it boring.
Geeze, now I sound like a ridiculous fanboy. Forget I said anything.
Date: November 30, 2012