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Brad Pitt Plunges Into Dark Void

Pitt's Plan B production company options the film rights to Capcom's upcoming jet-packs-and-aliens adventure.

I'm tellin' ya kid, I'm gonna make you a STAR!
Uwe Boll and Paul W.S. Anderson better be sweating under their hacky collars right about now. Sure, they're currently the kings of game-to-film adaptations, but Jerry Bruckheimer's involvement in the upcoming Prince of Persia movie is raising both the visibility and the stakes--if not necessarily the quality--for the much-maligned sub-genre. And now a proper movie star is getting in on the action, as it was today announced that Brad Pitt's Plan B Entertainment has optioned the film rights for Dark Void.

If you're not already familiar with Dark Void--which wouldn't be too terribly odd, as the game hasn't actually come out yet--it's got a premise revolving around the Bermuda Triangle, alien abductions, an unlikely hero strapped with a jet pack, and Nikola Tesla that seems high-concept and bizarre enough to make for a decent popcorn companion. My sensationalist headline aside, this deal doesn't guarantee, or even necessarily suggest, Pitt's personal involvement in a Dark Void film project. I like Brad Pitt and the weirdo roles he chooses well enough, but I'm plenty intrigued by the fact that Plan B is producing, having previously had a hand in Martin Scorcese's undeniably excellent The Departed, as well as the promising-looking teen superhero comic adaptation Kick-Ass. Optioning rights is a long way from actually making a movie, but getting people who seem to know what the hell they're doing is a promising start.

Capcom also used this announcement to casually mention that Dark Void would be coming out on January 19th, 2010, which is a week later than the previously announced date of January 12th. Not a big deal in the grand scheme of things, and it does nothing to mitigate what is shaping up to be an intense first quarter for new games.
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Posted by Ryan
I'm tellin' ya kid, I'm gonna make you a STAR!
Uwe Boll and Paul W.S. Anderson better be sweating under their hacky collars right about now. Sure, they're currently the kings of game-to-film adaptations, but Jerry Bruckheimer's involvement in the upcoming Prince of Persia movie is raising both the visibility and the stakes--if not necessarily the quality--for the much-maligned sub-genre. And now a proper movie star is getting in on the action, as it was today announced that Brad Pitt's Plan B Entertainment has optioned the film rights for Dark Void.

If you're not already familiar with Dark Void--which wouldn't be too terribly odd, as the game hasn't actually come out yet--it's got a premise revolving around the Bermuda Triangle, alien abductions, an unlikely hero strapped with a jet pack, and Nikola Tesla that seems high-concept and bizarre enough to make for a decent popcorn companion. My sensationalist headline aside, this deal doesn't guarantee, or even necessarily suggest, Pitt's personal involvement in a Dark Void film project. I like Brad Pitt and the weirdo roles he chooses well enough, but I'm plenty intrigued by the fact that Plan B is producing, having previously had a hand in Martin Scorcese's undeniably excellent The Departed, as well as the promising-looking teen superhero comic adaptation Kick-Ass. Optioning rights is a long way from actually making a movie, but getting people who seem to know what the hell they're doing is a promising start.

Capcom also used this announcement to casually mention that Dark Void would be coming out on January 19th, 2010, which is a week later than the previously announced date of January 12th. Not a big deal in the grand scheme of things, and it does nothing to mitigate what is shaping up to be an intense first quarter for new games.
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Posted by dbz1995

TANG
 
That is all.

Posted by MjHealy

Gonna take a stab here, the movie won't be any good.

Posted by mordukai
@dbz1995 said:
" TANG  That is all. "
I am waiting for TANG the Prince of Persia edition. 
Posted by DukeTogo

I'd like to plunge into his wife's dark void.

Posted by Csaint
@dbz1995 said:
" TANG  That is all. "
This
Posted by dbz1995
@Mordukai: I am just waiting for some TANG.
Posted by ajamafalous
@DukeTogo said:
" I'd like to plunge into his wife's dark void. "
Heyo.
Posted by fwylo

THE Brad Pitt?!

Posted by Kohe321

Some great TANG material coming.

Posted by Lukeweizer

Shit yeah! If it's anything as good as "The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford", I'd be all over it. Plus jet packs are fucking awesome.
Posted by TzarStefan
@DukeTogo: Haha, wouldn't we all
Posted by RawShark
@DukeTogo said:
" I'd like to plunge into his wife's dark void. "
Oh-ho-ho.
Posted by baconbits33
@DukeTogo said:
" I'd like to plunge into his wife's dark void. "
Second that one.
Posted by giyanks22
@baconbits33 said:
" @DukeTogo said:
" I'd like to plunge into his wife's dark void. "
Second that one. "
lol....
 
Game looks pretty good. Kinda looks like a 3d Shadow Complex
Posted by Sanj

Wow. Really, Brad Pitt? If it's because he personally enjoys the game Dark Void, then that's pretty cool.
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Posted by goodwood

Does his company also produce birth control pills?

Posted by TheClap

I thought Brad Pitt was Matt Damon for a second and almost flipped out.

Posted by Emandudeguyperson
@baconbits33 said:
" @DukeTogo said:
" I'd like to plunge into his wife's dark void. "
Second that one. "
Thirded.
Posted by Linkyshinks

Brad Pitt should stick to plunging Angelina's dark void.  
 
I played the game recently and came away unimpressed, the controls felt really awkward, it may have been an early demo but I couldn't help but come away thinking it was going to be another Bionic Commando. I really hope it's not.

Posted by Cheapoz

Dark Void one week, ME2 the next? Hectic.

Posted by EvangelBlue

Isn't Plan B a skating company? Owned by Danny Way?

Posted by Alphiehyr
@Ryan said:
"
I'm tellin' ya kid, I'm gonna make you a STAR!
Uwe Boll and Paul W.S. Anderson better be sweating under their hacky collars right about now. Sure, they're currently the kings of game-to-film adaptations, but Jerry Bruckheimer's involvement in the upcoming Prince of Persia movie is raising both the visibility and the stakes--if not necessarily the quality--for the much-maligned sub-genre. And now a proper movie star is getting in on the action, as it was today announced that Brad Pitt's Plan B Entertainment has optioned the film rights for Dark Void.

If you're not already familiar with Dark Void--which wouldn't be too terribly odd, as the game hasn't actually come out yet--it's got a premise revolving around the Bermuda Triangle, alien abductions, an unlikely hero strapped with a jet pack, and Nikola Tesla that seems high-concept and bizarre enough to make for a decent popcorn companion. My sensationalist headline aside, this deal doesn't guarantee, or even necessarily suggest, Pitt's personal involvement in a Dark Void film project. I like Brad Pitt and the weirdo roles he chooses well enough, but I'm plenty intrigued by the fact that Plan B is producing, having previously had a hand in Martin Scorcese's undeniably excellent The Departed, as well as the promising-looking teen superhero comic adaptation Kick-Ass. Optioning rights is a long way from actually making a movie, but getting people who seem to know what the hell they're doing is a promising start.

Capcom also used this announcement to casually mention that Dark Void would be coming out on January 19th, 2010, which is a week later than the previously announced date of January 12th. Not a big deal in the grand scheme of things, and it does nothing to mitigate what is shaping up to be an intense first quarter for new games. "
Ryan why would you mention Uwe Boll? You just ruined it.
Posted by HatKing

I think this might actually translate well into a film.  I mean obviously I haven't played the game... but I get a strong Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow kind of vibe from it, and I thought that movie was pretty cool.
Posted by queenulhu

oh ryan.... tang will never end

Posted by SquirrelGOD

I'm only on board if David Bowie plays Tesla.  Worked out AWESOMELY last time.

Posted by theMuse
@SquirrelGOD: seriously
Posted by MeatSim

Well the Dark Void fiction seems like it would lend it self well to a movie more then other game to movie films that have been made.

Posted by Hyuzen

I hope david bowie can play tesla again. he was pretty good in the prestige

Posted by Lydian_Sel

Affleck plays the Jetpack.

Posted by Kou_Leifoh
@dbz1995 said:
" TANG  That is all. "

TANG BAIT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by Whisperkill

What the hell is with people's obsessions with Nikola Tesla? Woo, he invented a different lightbulb...
Posted by Ubiquitous
@Whisperkill:

Tesla invented AC (alternating current) which is the most used method of utilizing electricity, vs DC (direct current) which is like a battery. Without tesla our precious computers and other little whizbang dodads would be impossible.
Posted by kagekage
@Ubiquitous said:
" @Whisperkill: Tesla invented AC (alternating current) which is the most used method of utilizing electricity, vs DC (direct current) which is like a battery. Without tesla our precious computers and other little whizbang dodads would be impossible. "
Unless we had GINORMOUS batteries.
Posted by buckybit

In my pure ignorance I first read something like OUR Brad is playing a pre-release game copy. Had to read it twice to finally let it sink in that it is not about Brad the Shoemaker but Brad the Pitt as in The Pitt or the other Pitt.
 

stupid me :)

Posted by Media_Master

Everyone is trying to make superhero comics into movies, now it will soon be video games being made into movies.  
All they need is one film (which could be Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time) to start this.

Posted by Jayzilla

I saw this movie already. Disney released it like 20 years ago and it was called, "Rocketeer". No originality at all. If I am right, Jennifer Connolly and Catherine Zeta-Jones are in it. Catherine Zeta-Jones wasn't even famous at the time.

Posted by jaxxduece

By the same dude who was in the Curious Case of Benjamin Button? awesome.....

Posted by jaks

Hell I'm all for Brad Pitt plunging into any kind of dark void.

Posted by CitizenJP

Well...can't wait for that movie to suck.

Posted by Evilsbane
@HatKing: I never watched that movie everything I heard said it was bad, do you think its worth digging it up and watching it?
Posted by HatKing
@Evilsbane:
It might be worth watching.  I mean it isn't the best movie in the world, but it is good fun.  I think I'm more interested in it just because of the art style, the story is a little absurd.  It has some really cool action scenes in it though and if you are into that sort of thing you really should see it.
Posted by MSJ
@Jayzilla: 
 
I have not watched The Rocketeer in a long time. Can you remind me how they defeated the slug aliens and who played Tesla? And did they at least get the flying saucers and Bermuda Triangle right in that movie.
Posted by SirPsychoSexy

Tang! Its a kick in a glass

Posted by CaptainTightPants

So.....What happens if a Video Game movie is actually good?