Lord of the Head Ring?
to this week’s Nerd Condo Newsletter, where we dignify
and deride the weekly happenings of the uncool. A note to new
tenants. Please place your garbage in the dumpster, not around it.
Maintenance is sick of cleaning up those DVD copies of Hitchhiker’s
Guide to the Galaxy you keep throwing away.
Jackson Presents Halo? It was announced this past week
that Lord of All Things Peter Jackson will be producing a film version
of the video game Halo. I find this an interesting move, especially
considering the track record for Video Game Movies. You know the list,
but let's do it anyway: Double Dragon, Super Mario Brothers, Street
Fighter, Final Fantasy, Tomb Raider, Mortal Kombat, Resident Evil,
Wing Commander, House of the Fuckin’ Dead. The latter is actually
the worst movie ever made, though it fits a bit too comfortably among
the rest of them. Granted, Tomb Raider, Mortal Kombat, and Resident
Evil were successful enough to get sequels greenlit. But none of these
movies are actually any good. Now there seems to be a push to legitimize
video game movies. John Woo is making Spy Hunter. The Rock is headlining
Doom. (and Spy Hunter, actually) And now Peter Jackson is producing
Halo. I hear the Rock is interested. Video Games have definitely gotten
better in terms of quality in graphics and storylines. But come on.
The most popular games still have paper-thin plots, and any attempt
to expand them to film creates bigger chasms than Mario can jump across,
even with the B button held down. There seems to be this problem that
no one can comprehend. Movies and Video Games have a very, verrrry
low success rate. It doesn't translate either way. Any movie adapted
into a video game turns out horribly. Back to the Future, Total Recall,
Street Fighter: The Movie: The Game?!? So can Peter Jackson bust the
streak of bad video game movies? Is Halo a complex work worthy of
adaptation? Or is this just another attempt to cash in on the nerd’s
penchant for video games and movies? You may think everything Jackson
touches turns to gold, but let’s not forget...Cabin Fever received
Jackson’s stamp of approval.
new this week, a new condo article where I comment on a director commenting
on people commenting on his work. That's below.
you'd like to pitch Excitebike: The Movie Starring the Rock, set up
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