#1 Edited by Creamypies (4052 posts) -

Sounds kinda dumb... what do you guys think?
 
From Variety.com
 

'Ice Age' helmer to adapt game as feature

By MARC GRASER

 
Twentieth Century Fox has paired up with Electronic Arts to turn the publisher's popular "Spore" game into an animated creature feature, with "Ice Age's" Chris Wedge attached to helm.

Greg Erb and Jason Oremland, who penned Disney's upcoming "The Princess and the Frog" and Ben Stiller pic "The Return of King Doug" at Paramount, will write the script for the "Spore" movie. It will be produced as a CG-animated toon by Blue Sky Studios, which is behind the studio's "Ice Age" pics, "Robots" and its next effort, "Rio."

In the game, which was released in September 2008, players create their own creatures and the worlds they live in and share them with other gamers to create an overall universe.

"I'm always looking for unique worlds to go to in animation," Wedge said. "From every perspective -- visually, thematically and comedically -- the world of 'Spore' provides the potential to put something truly original on the screen."

Fox is especially high on Wedge after "Ice Age" turned into a major franchise for the studio, generating $1.9 billion from three pics since 2002. He recently exec produced the third installment and "Dr. Seuss' Horton Hears a Who" for Fox.

Last week, the studio locked down the toon "Leaf Men" for Wedge to direct, stopping a tug-of-war with Pixar (Daily Variety, Sept. 23). Blue Sky is also producing that pic for Fox Animation.

Wedge additionally has the live-action pic "The Invention of Hugo Cabret" set up at Warner Bros., with Graham King and Johnny Depp producing.

EA Entertainment's Patrick O'Brien will exec produce the "Spore" pic with Lucy Bradshaw, VP of Maxis Studio, which developed the game with Will Wright, who also created the blockbuster "Sim City" and "The Sims" franchises for EA.

A movie is seen as a way to not only boost interest among current gamers and newbies to the property, especially as sequels and expansion packs are released, but also to create a new source of revenue for EA.

So far, various iterations of "Spore" have sold more than 3.2 million units.

Yet, "with more than 100 million unique creatures uploaded to our website, it's clear that people are passionate about the game, and it will be exciting to offer a powerful medium like film in order to expand their experience with 'Spore,' " Bradshaw said.

EA has set up a bigscreen version of "The Sims" at Fox, with John Davis producing. At Universal, it has "Army of Two," with director Peter Berg, and "Dante’s Inferno," with Strike Entertainment producing. DJ Caruso will helm "Dead Space" with Marty Bowen and Wyck Godfrey producing, and "Mass Effect" is set up with Avi Arad.

(Michael Fleming contributed to this report.)


#2 Posted by Breadfan (6589 posts) -

Can't wait to see their take on the holy tanks blasting propaganda

#3 Posted by jakob187 (21644 posts) -

Sporn on the big screen?  CONFIRMED!

#4 Posted by eroticfishcake (7782 posts) -

From the other thread, I quote myself.
 
"I'm too tired to give an articulate opinion of sorts but in my head I've got "Videogames that are translated into movies are never good. Why havn't anyone outside the industry realised this?"."

#5 Posted by Creamypies (4052 posts) -
@eroticfishcake said:
" From the other thread, I quote myself.
 
"I'm too tired to give an articulate opinion of sorts but in my head I've got "Videogames that are translated into movies are never good. Why havn't anyone outside the industry realised this?"." "
I agree with you to some degree. But they've got the people behind Ice Age to do it... so as an animated family film... it could work... I guess.
#6 Posted by Zajtalan (1163 posts) -

great now little kids are gonna be all over that shit!!

#7 Posted by eroticfishcake (7782 posts) -
@creamypies: Well Ice Age was funny but then it got a little dry after that. Still, the fact that it's a movie in the Spore universe (in which the game had a unique story to the player), I just don't see anything that could work. It'll interesting to see what they'll do though I just can't shake off the feeling of doubt.
#8 Posted by crusader8463 (14414 posts) -

Cant wait for the "make a creature that will be featured in the movie contest" they just have to have. Could be intersting  i guess, but i cant help but feel like this will be another viva pinata flop. Time will tell.

#9 Posted by Kou_Leifoh (1891 posts) -

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

#10 Posted by AgentJ (8778 posts) -

Couldn't a GOOD studio have taken this on? Seriously, I would have even taken disney's 3D studios (not Pixar, I'm talking the creators of Meet the Robinsons) over this. What was the last good movie they made? I'm looking up at my collection, and the only decent movie I see is Dodgeball.

#11 Posted by DarkGamerOO7 (574 posts) -

I'm at a loss for words..."movie" is the last thing I think when I look at Spore. I have no idea how one could even make a movie out of Spore. :|

#12 Posted by iam3green (14390 posts) -

how are they going to make a movie like that. it's about animal things turning from evolution.